Baggage Tracking Deadline Nears


The International Air Transport Association is ramping up its assistance to meet Resolution 753. With just under a year to go until the introduction of its Resolution 753 the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America (A4A) are working hard to make sure the ruling’s demands are met. This July the two organizations launched a global baggage tracking campaign to help its members meet the June 1, 2018 implementation deadline for Resolution 753. The effect of Resolution 753, published in 2014, will be to increase the efficiency of baggage operations and reduce the amount of mishandled baggage. The campaign refers to ...


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RFID is improving productivity of baggage handling & sortation process


The advantages of RFID for airlines and airports The 753 resolution IATA is aimed at requiring airlines to accurately monitor the acquisition and delivery of each item of baggage by June 2018. We live in the information era, where information is the main resource. Baggage tracking inside the airport — apron, terminal, picking location — ensures that the baggage-handling process is performed correctly. If this information is lost, the minimum consequence will be the increase of the time for the search of this lost item. The maximum risk that we could face: the baggage won't be loaded onboard and the company will ...


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How stereotypes negatively affect the implementation of RFID technology


The word stereotype is of Greek origin and is, in fact, two words. Stereo means solid, firm; typos an imprint. Literally, it stands for firm cliché of thinking, brain imprint. The stereotype is, therefore, a well-established pattern of thinking, a prejudice which has nothing to do with reality. RFID technologies for baggage purposes are experiencing a few stereotypes on the part of the airline industry. Although few people understand the true essence of RFID conventional wisdom has it that this technology is much more expensive than the universally utilized bar code one. To test this claim simply ask your colleagues’ opinion ...


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How stereotypes negatively affect the implementation of RFID technology

ON TRACK FOR 753?


IATA’s mandate coming into force next year which is designed to reduce the $2 billion annual cost of lost baggage to the aviation industry, has sparked renewed interest in existing technology such as RFID chipped tags. Airport Focus International reviews the findings of SITA’s latest baggage survey and the impact 753 initiatives are having on airports. (more…)


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“Hand-to-hand RFID Baggage Tracking” benefits for airlines, airports, and passengers


RFID increases automation in baggage handling processes, significantly reducing the number of mishandled bags — and the associated costs. We, at Longest Chance, employ RFID baggage tracking to provide real-time visibility into the whereabouts of passenger luggage, including cross-checks at every step of the bag’s travels. The system offers excellent bag tag readability at 99.99%. Everyone wins — airlines, airports, and passengers. (more…)


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How airlines are saving time and money with RFID


There are few inconveniences that are more annoying than lost luggage. Last year alone, 23.1 million bags were mishandled, according to SITA’s 2016 Baggage Report. The resulting passenger frustration and headaches for the airlines has given rise to an array of new baggage tracking systems based on RFID technology. In April of this year, Delta rolled out automated tracking of luggage using RFID tags to replace barcode scanning on the 120 million bags it handles per year. Delta anticipates that by the end of this year, RFID tracking will allow passengers to get real-time notifications of where their bags are located ...


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Why airlines loose thousands customers every year


What does an airline customer on family vacation feel when the bag with summer clothes doesn’t arrive at the destination? What does the customer think when his or her suitcase with business attire is delayed until after the meeting? Likely, customers will be disappointed and may book another airline next time. According to the SITA report, the airline industry reported 23.1 million mishandled bags in 2015, which resulted in a total cost for the industry of $2.3 billion. The report also indicates that the average baggage mishandling rate is 6.5 bags per a thousand. The mishandled bag rate (MBR), that includes ...


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RFID bag tag inlay costs decreased three times in the last decade


A lot of changes happened. Airlines have long found RFID too pricey, but the cost has dropped significantly. Currently, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas pays only 12 cents for each RFID tag, down from 21.5 cents a decade ago. Traditional, paper bag tags cost the airport 3 cents. Now, the bag tags with embedded RFID inlay cost less than 10 cents each, including the cost of RFID inlay as low as 3.5 cents. The cost of a bag tag consists of the cost of a regular paper bag tag and the cost of a RFID inlay. With the matter of ...


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Air industry challenges of deploying a zoo of RFID tracking infrastructures worldwide


Airlines and airports do have different solutions for their baggage operations. However, most of them are local. Even RFID-based baggage solutions are tailor-made by some airlines/airports for their specific needs: airlines such as Delta, Qantas, and airports such as Hong Kong, Las Vegas. They all aim at resolving their own issues and covering their network and facilities. Instead of deploying a zoo of RFID tracking infrastructures worldwide, IATA recommends airports to deploy a common-use RFID tracking infrastructure to all airports and airlines. “It would be foolish to have every airline at a busy airport each introducing their own tracking solutions when the ...


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Baggage tracking excellence through readability


In 2014, the airline industry passed the mark of 100,000 flights per day worldwide. The ever-increasing numbers of air passengers require improved baggage tracking that includes seamless tracking of the bag journey across multiple airlines and airports. The single most important parameter of successful baggage tracking is the level of bag tag readability. Every percent, or even a tenth of the percent, of readability impacts success greatly. If a major global airline handles 100 million pieces of luggage on an annual basis, the impact in numbers of bags becomes very evident. With a difference of only 1% in readability, the actual number ...


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