Mac-Gray, which claims to be the biggest supplier of coin and card-operated laundry facilities on college campuses, said it has launched LaundryView, which enables users of its facilities to check on the status of their clothes via their cell phones, PDAs or Wi-Fi enabled laptops.
In a statement, the company said LaundryView "provides a way for college students to communicate with washers and dryers in campus laundry rooms."
Students set up their status reports on a specific Web page, including whether they want to be notified by e-mail or a text message. The system can report both the availability of washers and dryers and the status of each machine. In addition, the Web site shows a history of when the equipment is most used so students can avoid trying to wash their clothes at the same time as everybody else.
The system also will notify the company if there is a problem with a machine, Mac-Gray said in a statement.