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 bear a financial loss, as we will have to compensate the loss to our passenger.

Baggage is often compared to a factory, but did you ever hear of a factory with no audit on their goods in, nor a record of the goods out? This is exactly what we have in the baggage world today. The 753 Resolution IATA is aimed at setting a minimum of data that all airlines should record regarding baggage, so that mishandling is reduced.

The success of tracking bags lies in deploying the right technology and infrastructure that need to be robust, affordable and above all accurate. RFID technology allows a large number of identification and tracking tasks to be undertaken without human intervention. RFID since 2005 as it has key advantages for bag tracking: line of sight, read speed, ruggedness, low cost.

“Longest Chance approached IATA with the idea of tracking bags from check-in at one airport to the arrivals at another,” says Andrew Price, Director Airport Operations,

IATA. The common –use RFID system that Longest Chance has developed in cooperation with IATA ensures that the correct bag leaves with the right passenger and that the airline is informed of any discrepancy that may arise during the baggage’s journey. “We were happy to collaborate and help Longest Chance developed the end-to-end RFID baggage tracking system”.

For airlines, the loss of baggage is a major cost. If a bag cannot be located, the airline responsible must pay its owner, and if multiple airlines are involved in a multi-leg flight, each must incur a portion of the cost, based on the percentage of the trip’s miles during which it transported the passenger and bag. This rule can be unfair to the airlines not responsible for the loss, and especially so for the one that transported the traveler the most miles.

Longest Chance provides the hardware, as well as software to enable its customers (airlines and airports) to know when luggage is checked in at an airline counter prior to a flight, as well as how the bags are routed to the planes, whether an error occurs, and when they arrive at their destination.

The technology could potentially reduce or prevent the likelihood of misrouted bags, speed up the identification of luggage for loading into departing flights and increase passenger satisfaction by reducing the incidence of mishandlings. The RFID technology seemed to contribute to a better passenger experience, due to the speed and accuracy of the baggage-handling and sortation processes.

More information about Hand-to-Hand RFID Baggage Solution available here: http://www.longestchance.com/rfid-baggage-tracking-solution/