Vero Solutions, a leading supplier of RFID tracking solutions, has been selected by Bristol Uniforms, one of the world’s leading emergency services protective clothing providers, to provide RFID technology to start tracking uniforms –  nearly 60,000 items for London Fire Brigade.

Bristol Uniforms has already successfully been tracking uniforms supplied to Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service using RFID technology from Vero Solutions since November 2015.

To enable the tracking, an RFID tag is securely sewn into a pocket in each garment.

Each uniform item is then 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.

Edward Shepherd, Service Operations Director at Bristol Uniforms, commented:

“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.”

Tim Young, Director of Vero Solutions, said:

“We are delighted to support Bristol Uniforms in the expansion of their use of RFID and are particularly excited that our technology will be used at 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 will be provided with a total of twelve items of uniform for both structural firefighting and urban search and rescue (USAR) operations, each fitted with an RFID tag.

Before the system goes live in the capital in October, Bristol Uniforms will also supply more than 5,000 uniform items to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, all of which will be tracked with Vero Solutions’ RFID s from September.