Hackathon 2018: Use RFID technology to end lost luggage at airports

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According to a report by SITA, an aviation IT expert, 573 bags were lost per 1,000 passengers in 2016. In 2016, the aviation industry’s recovery and return costs were $2.1 billion.The data suggest that lost or delayed baggage at airports costs airlines billions of dollars a year.

In the Hackathon 2018, three engineering college students have come up with a tag technology. They will use RFID chips at every stage of the transmission of real-time track baggage, RFID using electromagnetic fields to automatic identification and tracking label attached on the object. These tags contain information stored electronically.

“The models we provide use passive RFID tags.These tags can locate luggage and provide real-time information during the transmission phase of a bag.Passengers can get information about their luggage from smartphones or text messages.”said the head of the bangaru college team.

Mr. Bansal said, airport officials can also use the information on the tags to locate and track misplaced luggage. And these tags can be used with existing systems.

What’s more, he said, the tags can be reused, and passengers can attach them to their pets’ collars to track them, preventing them from being lost or stolen.

RFID technology has found a fast-growing market, and more and more enterprises are using RFID to improve their operational efficiency and gain competitive advantages.The aviation industry is no exception, airports and airlines have been looking for opportunities to apply RFID technology in the baggage handling

So far, pilot tests have been carried out at many airports around the world. RFID technology is more accurate than barcodes, and their performance is measured much better than barcodes.

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