It’s not just the towering ship and pirate skit that makes Las Vegas’s Treasure Island hotel an innovative concept.
Turns out, the casino-hotel’s pushing the tech boundaries in another area, reports RFID Journal.
June 22, 2006—Treasure Island (TI), recently installed a system that uses RFID to track the amount and type of liquor its bartenders pour, the journal reports. The new system, the Beverage Tracker, was supplied by Capton, a San Francisco-based provider of liquor-monitoring technology. The system has been in operation at two of the hotel’s bars for the past month and will soon be added to two more.
The Beverage Tracker consists of RFID-enabled liquor spouts, an RFID interrogator (reader) and software. The spouts, which TI employees attach to every liquor bottle, contain a battery-powered 418 MHz RFID tag and a measuring device, the journal reports.
So a bartender’s pourings are measured, drop by drop.
Such gadgets are showing up at trade shows like the National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel show in Chicago, more often. Don’t be surprised if – as the technology gets cheaper and more sophisticated – bar managers look to RFID to cut costs.