RFID Baggage Tracking In The Airline Industry: The Step Forward The World Needed
We are all victims to a great leap forward led by technology. It is safe to say that technology changed our lives and improved them, setting them on a whole new level. From computers to smartphones, chips and codes, there are a lot of new technologies that emerged not a while ago. One of them is the real-time tracking technology sent via radio signals.
If you have never heard about radio frequency identification (RFID), you are missing on a lot. Now, there are a lot of technologies that replaced the existing models and many traditional aspects. The RFID baggage tracking is definitely one of them when it comes to the commercial aviation industry. Thanks to its effectiveness, relatively low price and time-saving features, this technology benefits everyone and guarantees top customer service and satisfaction.
Which leads us to the next part…
How Does The RFID Technology Accurately Track Passengers’ Baggage In Real-Time?
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), we are about to see the RFID technology put to practice – and as one of the best ways to reduce the number of mishandled bags in the future. When it comes to numbers, this technology is planned to reduce up to 25% of these mishaps by 2022 – all through the efficient RFID tracking.
As they state in their official Resolution 753 on Baggage Tracking, monitoring the acquisition and delivery of baggage can be set to a whole new level – the fact that will provide airlines utmost peace of mind and passengers what they need most, attention to detail and maximum certainty.
Thanks to RFID baggage tracking, airlines could keep track of bags at every step of their journey but more importantly, ensure that every passenger gets the right bag loaded onto the correct flight. Knowing that there are a lot of accidents with mishandled bags, it poses as the main resolution to solve them and assure us that our checked baggage is going to stay with us, no matter how many flights we change.
Delta have implemented this technology already and found it to be extremely useful both when it comes to fewer problems and extreme savings as well. According to the SITA Baggage Report 2016, in 2007 the total number of mishandled bags reached a high of 46.9 million and over the last nine years that number has been reduced by 50%. In the same period, the total cost of bag mishandling to the industry, which stood at $4.2 billion in 2007, has been cut by 45%.
Replacing The Barcode Hand Scanning In Style
The RFID baggage tracking is a technology that completely ditches the traditional barcode hand scanning which was ‘the new technology’ of the 90s. Fortunately, the time for a change has come.
Thanks to the RFID scanners, the chance for a mishap is drastically reduced, coming from the fact that this technology uses a next-level approach to tags. Basically what it all boils down to are the scanners that use radio waves to capture highly accurate and consistent data which is stored in a special RFID chip embedded in the luggage tag. The technology emits and receives radio waves, increasing the transparency and resulting in superior tracking.
Some of the airline companies that adopted this approach have seen their passengers be more satisfied than ever and in the same time more loyal to their services. Although the RFID baggage tracking is definitely a costly investment, it certainly pays off, being one of the most innovative technologies that airlines will have to adopt, sooner or later.
Thanks To RFID, Passengers Enjoy A Greater Peace Of Mind & Access To Information
The seamless smartphone feature allows RFID to not only work when tracking but also inform the passengers about any flight changes or other information on their flight and checked bags. This means that even if their bags are not next to them, they have accurate information on their whereabouts at every minute.
That is how transparent, interactive and accurate RFID luggage tracking is, and why every airline company should seriously consider adopting it as their next innovative technology.