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Odawa Casino Resort Seeing Financial Benefit of RFID Inventory Tracking

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February 13, 2012

Odawa Casino Resort Seeing Financial Benefit of RFID Inventory Tracking

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

There is very little doubt that there are several different ways in which Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can help a company rake in profits and cut down on costs. When most people think about the most obvious uses for RFID technology these days, they most likely think about the different banking apps that allow us to deposit or withdraw from our accounts using RFID. These apps are used quite a bit when it comes to Google (News - Alert) Wallet and other programs of the like.

That hardly means that mobile banking is the only sector that has found a way to take advantage of RFID technology. Social media has also seized on the potential of the RFID tags in order to log visitors to certain amusement parks. Once they pass through the gate or pass by an RFID scanner, their presence will be beamed to Facebook (News - Alert) or another social media site announcing they were there and what they were doing.

Of course, businesses can also use the RFID for much less public and flashy uses as well. Chief among those has been a way to keep track of a company's inventory. Odawa Casino Resort is one of those companies that has seen the benefit of the UHF-RFID tags in order to keep track of employee uniforms. The RFID tags allow the company to take an inventory much quicker than it would have been done in the past. Odawa uses a GIMS Uniform System inventory software system that they purchased from InvoTech Systems Inc.

This tracking system actually automates the inventory process for employee uniforms which in turn allows Odawa to save money that would have been spent manually tracking the thousands of uniforms worn by employees of the casino. The casino says that it’ saving a ton of man hours by using the GIMS automated U-Pick-It System that provides 24-hour automated uniform distribution to the resort's more than 600 employees.

The casino had InvoTech install UHF-RFID readers at doors where uniform carts pass by on their way to and from laundry trucks. This allows the reader to scan the RFID chips without anyone needing to physically pick them up and scan them. The system then tracks when employees receive their uniforms.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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