RFID for Laundry Identification
A new solution from Datamars SA allows laundry managers to self-deploy RFID textile identification technology that integrates seamlessly with their existing laundry management and accounting software.
Bespoke software package, Cloudburst, runs directly on Datamars RFID readers and enables laundry operators to take advantage of the efficiency and service improvements associated with RFID technology without complex interfacing requirements or additional costs.
UHF RFID LaundrychipsTM which have been designed to withstand the harshest industrial laundry environments are proven to help laundries efficiently control and assign laundry items and provide them with important competitive advantages. Cloudburst enables existing laundry management or accounting software to quickly and efficiently receive clean and pre-processed data from the RFID reading systems, so this useful information is ready for any reports or billing. In addition, the solution automatically configures the RFID parameters of each reading system, guaranteeing the best functioning that automates the management of tagged textiles.
The solution also offers pre-configured modes, depending on what reading system is being installed, and can be simply set-up and managed through a web browser. The software supports a wide range of communication interfaces, protocols and data formats, so an RFID solution can be configured with virtually any local-or cloud-based laundry IT system in a matter of minutes.
Cloudburst overcomes some of the common issues linked with other software integration solutions. Alternative options often require RFID system controls to be installed in the laundry IT system via an extra software module, but as these systems are not primarily designed to handle real-time processes, RFID and automation performance can be poor. The resulting solution can also be extremely difficult to master and understanding reading performance can become a real challenge if it is not as expected. As Cloudburst makes a clear split between the RFID system and the laundry management system, knowing where unexpected outcomes are coming from is straight forward.
Andrea Carbonetti, senior UHF product engineer and Cloudburst development team leader, says:
“The complexity of integrating an RFID system with existing laundry IT systems is often overlooked, leading to unforeseen development costs and poor reading performance.
"Laundries are turning to RFID solutions to help stand out among competitors and achieve performance benefits, but fitting such a system into their existing management or accounting software is a fundamental part of the RFID package to make the most of its potential. Cloudburst guarantees a perfect integration into existing software solutions in a matter of minutes.
"Integrating an RFID solution into an existing IT system is critically important, so this needs to be carefully considered when implementing such a package. Cloudburst is an essential building block, improving efficiency and providing clean data ready for the laundry business. You do not even need to make any changes to your laundry management or accounting software, because it provides a seamless and effortless integration in almost 100 per cent of cases."
Download an evaluation copy of Cloudburst from Datamars’ Textile ID website.