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 of bags that remain unread reaches 1 million pieces of luggage. Even with a difference of only 0.1%, it still translates into 100,000 unread bags. Clearly, these large number of unread bags are detrimental to airline operations and directly impact the mishandled baggage rates at airlines.
Through a pilot project in collaboration with IATA, Longest Chance was able to reach an average readability level of 99.9958%. These tracking capabilities are significantly beyond the current readability rates at most airlines and are in fact beyond the requirements of the upcoming IATA Resolution 753.
The successful pilot clearly showed the advantages of RFID technology in baggage tracking and provides airlines with a solution to improve their baggage handling operations. The ‘Hand-to-Hand RFID Baggage Tracking System’ by Longest Chance complies with the standards and requirements of the IATA Resolution 753, which resulted in an official recommendation by IATA:
To provide accurate and real-time information about their baggage inventory, airlines need to improve on their solutions. Longest Chance not only provides the airline with those solutions, it also offers airlines the opportunity to implement a global RFID tracking system globally within a timeframe that fits the airline. In addition, airlines are not required to invest in the RFID infrastructure, but rather become users through a utility model, which eliminates the hassle and costs of owning hardware across airports globally.