Geneva (dpa) – airlines want to reduce the loss of cases significantly, and each piece of Luggage in the future with a, using radio waves, a readable RFID Chip.

The area-wide facilities will begin in early 2020, said Andrew Price, chief of the Department of Luggage, the airline Association IATA, the German press Agency in Geneva. The decision should be announced at the General Assembly of the members at the beginning of June in South Korea.

Misdirected pieces of Luggage.

“I hope that by the end of 2020, the Luggage is on the half of the passenger traveling with a RFID-equipped,” said Price. By the end of 2023, it should be as good as all the bags. In the IATA about 290 Airlines in 120 countries are organized, the 82 per cent of air transport, including Lufthansa.

2007 were misguided, according to a report by the IT-Airline-services provider Sita, about 18 pieces of Luggage per 1000 passengers. Ten years later, there were only about six. Worldwide, at least 23 million pieces of Luggage were the but. “With RFID, we can reduce the number by an additional 25 percent, if all participate in,” says Price.

Chip in the Band

so Far, pieces of Luggage are marked in air transport, with an adhesive food labels to see on the information, such as the flight number or the destination airport in the Form of a bar code. A case Label can be easily damaged. In addition, you need a direct line-of-sight to the Barcode to read.

RFID Chips with antennas to be integrated in future in the Band with the classic bar code. Reading devices on the baggage belts in the baggage halls and during Loading and Unloading can register the suitcase during the entire trip automatically. Today, pieces of Luggage would be scanned at many airports manually, says Price.

“This innovation allows us to know at any time where the Luggage is located. If a part is MIS-guided, we can see it and be able to intervene and it is up to the airport and send, before the passenger gives up a Missed message,” says Price. “So that fewer pieces of Luggage will be lost. And if it does happen, you will be faster with the passenger.”

your own baggage on mobile phone

airlines could allow customers to track the whereabouts of your suitcase, using an App on your Smartphone. Something like this offers the US airline Delta, a pioneer of RFID Chips in Luggage. In the long term, personal and reusable RFID labels are conceivable to make the passengers feel right at home in the Luggage.

in order for the RFID data in the world and replaced can be read, you need to airports and Airlines to invest. The savings potential was three times as high as the expenses. IATA estimates that over seven years, 3.8 billion dollars can be saved. On the one hand, less suitcase would be lost and would need to be sought. On the other hand, RFID is likely to data vulnerabilities in the carriage of baggage show, which could be optimized.

Lufthansa is covered. It will always be working on improvements, says spokeswoman Sandra Kraft. “RFID can’t be a supporting technology, but it is the only possible one. Lufthansa is involved, among other things, includes studies of RFID as a possible technology for the baggage services.”


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