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Technologies Solutions Group Markets RFID Hand-Hygiene Compliance System

The solution, using passive RFID badges from Rippedsheets.com, tracks when an individual enters a room, and then whether that worker uses a hand sanitizer.
By Claire Swedberg

Simply by installing the system, Jackson says, a hospital or a nursing home can see its hand-hygiene compliance rates rise, due to workers' knowledge that their behavior is being tracked. In addition, the data provides an educational tool to help facilities to better understand their staff's compliance, and to then adjust training accordingly.

Sani-Track offers several advantages over some other RFID-based hand-hygiene compliance systems, Jackson says. For one thing, he notes, it is passive, which results in a much lower tag cost than an active system, which is common among such solutions. What's more, the hardware is agnostic to sanitizer dispensers—any brand can be installed directly onto TSG's wall units. Finally, he says, "We're not only monitoring hygiene events, but also non-compliance." Because a reader captures each employee's tag ID number as that person enters a room, the system knows who has been in the room, even if they fail to wash their hands.

Rippedsheets.com's Katii Deaton
Jackson says the company has been piloting the technology for two years, and has been making adjustments according to end users' requests. "We wanted to address what the industry was looking for," he states. As a result, TSG has made approximately four dozen changes to the Sani-Track system to date, in order to optimize it for use in health care or other markets. Jackson notes that the technology could also be used at pharmaceutical manufacturing sites, restaurants or other locations where staff members may handle food.

For Rippedsheets.com, the Sani-Track solution is the first of what the company expects to be many use cases for its UHF Gen 2 RFID products. The firm's factory custom-manufactures and digitally prints durable full-color RFID labels, tags, cards (plastic or cardboard), wristbands and signs. Rippedsheets.com was launched in 1997 as a provider of custom printable labels, and in 2012, the company began offering EPC Gen 2 UHF and high-frequency (HF) Near Field Communication (NFC) passive RFID labels as well, with an emphasis on custom solutions. It works with multiple RFID inlay providers, including Smartrac, says Katii Deaton, Rippedsheets.com's sales and marketing director. "We can use the customer's inlays or source our own," she states.

While demand for its UHF RFID products has so far been limited, Deaton says, the company has sold HF RFID products in large volumes, including stickers and posters with built-in NFC tags for such purposes as enabling the downloading of apps or promotional material offered at parties or other events. The firm offers an advantage over many NFC label makers based outside the United States, she adds, since Rippedsheets.com manufactures and ships its goods from its own factory, thus making the response time quicker for customers. "We can ship our products faster, and that sets us apart," she says.

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