The basis of the technology is a batteryless (passive) microchip fitted with a radioantenna – this is called tag, transponder or simply label – and a radiofrequency transmitter/reciever unit – simply the reader – connected with an antenna. Communication between the two units happens with the help of radiowaves.
The nowadays conventional technology offers more and newer potentials to its users with decreasing cost.
Traditional laundry applications use HF tags, however, the requirements of logistic applications brought about the development of UHF tags opening up new prospects for laundry logistics as well. (for more information about the technology differences see the RFID basics topic)At the site of takeover and handover for laundry or borrowing services automatic RFID identification is performed making it unnecessary to count the pieces one by one.