Radio-frequency tech could save airlines $3bn

Airline industry study upbeat about RFID baggage tracking
Airlines around the world managing luggage by using radio-frequency identification (RFID) will save $3 billion by the end of 2022 and reduce handling errors by 25%, a report by the International Air Transport Association and aviation IT company SITA predicts.
The ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification technology will increase baggage handling efficiency and reduce errors. But for this to happen, the report adds, most of the world’s airports will need to deploy the technology.
Such widescale adoption should happen as a result of Resolution 753, an IATA directive requiring every piece of luggage to be tracked across the key points in a bag’s journey from origin to destination.
SITA teamed up with IATA this year to create the report, RFID for Baggage Tracking, in order to calculate the potential benefits to airlines and airports of utilising bag tags made with “passive EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID inlays”.
The $3 billion savings would be achieved based on the more efficient capturing of baggage data – as opposed to barcode scans – improving luggage visibility and gaining operational efficiency.
Last year, there were 3.55 billion passenger flights worldwide, checking in around 3 billion bags.
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