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ImageFIRST uses UHF RFID to manage client's linen inventory ••• SuperCom secures contract to deploy electronic monitoring suite in Idaho ••• Positive Proximity expands RFID, wearable beacon offerings ••• NetObjex demos IoT smart parking solution with cryptocurrency payment ••• Kerlink helps Proximus expand, densify LoRaWAN IoT network in Belgium.
By Rich Handley
Jan 04, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists; SuperCom; Positive Proximity; NetObjex, PNI Sensor Corp.; Kerlink, and Proximus.

Health-Care Facility Manages Linen Inventory

At a large New Jersey health system, ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists recently used ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology to help a customer manage its linen inventory. A nationwide health-care laundry and linen service, ImageFIRST services medical facilities from San Francisco, Calif., to New Jersey, by providing them with linens, scrubs, patient gowns and more. Recently, ImageFIRST indicates, one of its customers—the breast center of a New Jersey health system—realized that some of its inventory was ending up missing.

ImageFIRST supplies the customer with its Comfort Care robes, which feature soft fabric. The robes proved so popular with staff members and patients, the company explains, that other departments of the health system were borrowing them without the breast center or ImageFIRST knowing. This made managing inventory difficult.

To find the missing robes and control the customer's inventory, ImageFIRST leveraged UHF RFID technology. ImageFIRST embeds each Comfort Care robe with an RFID chip, and associates use in-field handheld garment scanners to read the chips. Jay Blumenfeld, the breast center's dedicated ImageFIRST representative, uses such a scanner to scan clean robes, as well as scan and retrieve soiled gowns. According to the company, the technology allows him to keep a detailed, accurate inventory for the customer.

Blumenfeld visited the main hospital's soil room (which ImageFIRST does not normally visit) in order to scan linens, ImageFIRST reports. The scanner allowed him to locate missing robes without having to dig through soiled linens, and to return them to the customer.

"The use of the UHF RFID technology and in-field scanners helps us partner with clients to solve preventable issues and better manage their garment inventory to control their costs," said Gary Stephens, ImageFIRST's service director in northern New Jersey, in a prepared statement.

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