Bristol Uniforms, one of the world’s leading emergency services protective clothing providers, is using an RFiD Discovery system from Paragon ID to track nearly 60,000 items of uniform for London Fire Brigade.
With over 4,800 firefighters, London Fire Brigade is one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world. Each of their firefighters is provided with a total of twelve items of uniform, each fitted with an RFID tag. Bristol Uniforms also tracks uniforms supplied to some of their other fire and rescue services customers.
How does it work?
Each newly manufactured uniform item is fitted with a passive RFID tag to enable the automatic tracking of items through the managed services care programme.
The waterproof neoprene fabric RFID tags are securely sewn into a pocket in the garment and can withstand temperatures of up to 180 degrees, which means they survive in most fire-fighting conditions. Each uniform item is scanned using a handheld RFID reader at key points of the managed services process, from point of collection at the emergency services through washing, inspection and repair cycles right through to return delivery.
Previously every garment had to be barcode scanned manually on collection, which was time consuming as items had to be handled individually to locate the barcode.
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"The use of RFID readers has reduced the time our drivers spend when collecting garments. A whole collection bag full of items can now be scanned simultaneously and without having to take a single garment out of the bag.”
Edward Shepherd, Service Operations Director, Bristol Uniforms