The RFID-based Textile Room
The room solution from Deister Electronic functions like a walk-in closet. The intelligent, transparent revolving doors at the entrance and exit of the room solution can only be passed through by users after successful identification.
Before entering the laundry room, employees can check how many garments they are allowed to borrow via a display on the wall. The total number is limited to six garments. If the quota is used up, the employee must first return the worn laundry before being allowed to check out fresh clothing.
The Check-Out Process
The wearer identifies him/herself at the texCarousel with an ID card and then enters the storage room. The wearer then removes the desired garments and leaves the room via the texCarousel at the exit. In the process, the removed clothing is automatically identified and captured, as an RFID chip the size of a small button is sewn into each garment.
The main focus of the room solution is the fast and automated registration of employees and clothing, as for many users, a fast and efficient distribution is particularly important in order to avoid waiting times. Fresh clothing is delivered in standard wire container models via the texGate.
Commissioning and Costs
The remodeling and installation of the laundry room began in January 2021 and was completed in May 2021. The tags are attached to the workwear by the laundry service provider. The cost of the entire installation was 300,000 euros, including the structural changes and costs for IT, without additional monthly costs.
In theory, the hospital management expects the expenditure to be amortized after ten years. However, employee satisfaction is not something that can be calculated in figures. According to Vibeke Mikalsen, this advantage outweighs the economic benefit.