Hotels start tracking their linens, robes

A growing number of hotels are using radio frequency chips to keep those plush robes and towels.

July 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A growing number of hotels are using radio frequency chips to keep those plush robes and towels from disappearing.

A company that sells traceable linens says hotels lose between 5 to 20 percent of their linens every month. The hotel guests are taking bathrobes, bed sheets bathmats and pool towels.

The chips are sewn into the fabric and can be read by sensors up to six feet away.

One hotel in Hawaii started using the chips and began saving $16,000 a month.