Longest Chance participated in the IATA baggage working group in Seattle
Longest Chance participated in the IATA Baggage Working Group between the 23rd and the 25th of August, 2016 in Seattle, USA. The audience included airlines and airports as well as IT companies, baggage tracking companies, and other related services.
A significant amount of time was dedicated to the progress RFID tracking has made over the years. While costs of RFID-related hardware have come down, the quality of hardware and software have improved, driving readability rates for tracking up. Clearly, the IATA Resolution 753, which goes into effect in 2018 and mandates airlines to improve on the baggage performance, in combination with the RFID developments, are driving the airline industry towards a RFID solution for baggage tracking. Mishandled luggage is to a large extent driven by readability rates. RFID technology improves tag readability from the current barcode technology rates of 90-95% to the RFID rates of 99.9-99.99%. A few percentage points difference represents millions of bags on an annual basis for a large global airline.
Longest Chance was given the opportunity to present its Hand-to-Hand RFID Baggage Tracking System that included a concise overview of the unique business model that Longest Chance is proposing to the industry. An engaged audience was given insight into Longest Chance successful pilot with IATA that showed readability levels exceeding 99.99%. In addition, the utility business model Longest Chance proposes alleviates airlines from investment and maintenance of a global RFID infrastructure. It allows the airline and its partners to use a global system and to focus on baggage performance only.