RFID chips begin to be inserted in hotel towels - Thieves beware 1

RFID chips begin to be inserted in hotel towels – Thieves beware


RFID chips begin to be inserted in hotel towels - Thieves beware 2

Stealing hotel towels is a rite of passage for travelers, right? Well those days may long be over. Hotels are starting to take towel theft seriously. How serious are they? Certain chains have begun implanting specially designed RFID chips in towels. Really? Really.

The chips, designed by Miami-based Linen Technology Tracking, can be sewn directly into towels, bathrobes or bed sheets. These chips can also withstand over 300 washes. What do they do? If you try to leave the hotel premises with said towels or bed spreads, an alarm will go off.  You will be humiliated and may even cry. It will be a bad scene all around.

This isn’t widespread yet, but one Honolulu hotel has reported saving $15,000 in stolen linens thanks to the devices. Since then, hotels in Miami and Manhattan have followed suit. What’s next guys?! Soap?!

Features: Rugged
Technologies: RFID

// Wearables with Related RFID Tech

// Wearables with Related Rugged Features

// Related Accessories Articles

Previous Post
Watches Tell Time by Color
Next Post
Fraunhofer IPMS eye-tracking display – Resistance is futile

1 Comment. Leave new

  • Personally I don’t see how RFIDs are profitable for hotels. Yes the cost of cotton & towels is on the rise, and hotels spend thousands each year on towels. But I’d like to know how the RFIDs are actually used by hotels. How exactly did they save $15,00 with the tags? I just can’t see hotels tracking down people to get their towels back. I work for a hotel supplier and the cost of a towel doesn’t seem high enough to make RFIDs profitable. Perhaps hotels who are worried about theft could just state they have RFID tags – but not actually use them – most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The goal is to reduce theft, and if people believe there are RFIDs then they may pass next time they consider stealing a towel.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.
You need to agree with the terms to proceed

You May Also Like

Like this article? Share with your friends!