RFID solutions in the airline luggage and parcel

1.    Introduction

The global aviation industry last year to pay for the lost and delayed baggage costs as high as $2.5 billion. Many airlines have adopted radio frequency identification (RFID) to enhance baggage tracking, distribution and transmission, to improve safety management in order to avoid misdirected happening.

The aviation industry every day, handling one million passengers and checked baggage, and they delivered to the destination safely and on time. RFID tag applied to the tracking and management of air parcels, to ensure that airline passengers and checked baggage are able to track the management and validation, so that passengers and checked baggage security to reach their destination on time is guaranteed. RFID systems can be simply integrated into the existing baggage tags to apply to check the printer and baggage sorting equipment. The system can automatically scan baggage, regardless of luggage placed in the direction and whether the stack.

Testing to prove that if the RFID system is more secure than the existing bar code systems. RFID smart label is more suitable for the aviation industry for reasons including: easy access to the existing departure control system (DCS) and luggage parcel management system (BRS), and can be combined with existing bar code system; in no increase in increase the size of the existing label data storage capacity; can carry some parcels of raw data (BSM) some of the key information in order to not pass through the central database can be related operations on the parcel; simple integration to the package label printer, without the need for additional equipment; the use of electronic tags can save some extra with the cost of the transportation process.

Currently, most airlines have their own bar code-based label system, they are read by the laser scanner. The scanner must be able to clearly identify the label. However, due to the scan head will be dust, aircraft near the region weather a bad environment, or deface the bar code label, the number of scan records problems. 


Accurate read rates in most systems in the 80-90% range scanner to clearly identify the label in order to read it. The target of airport in the RFID system is 99.8% accurate read rates. The main advantage of the airport system in the following 10 points:

Address lost baggage

Warehouse management of goods

During transport and cargo tracking

Save the airport's management costs, improve work efficiency

As far as possible to reduce the risk of aircraft accidents

Cargo and personnel tracking, positioning

Deal with terrorist attacks and security role

Authorized out of range of the airport staff

Remote detection and location

With upgraded features

Hong Kong International Airport was in January 2005 have enabled the new RFID baggage handling system. Japan's Narita International Airport, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Singapore Changi Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands International Airport and New York John F Kennedy International Airport will be conducted at the end of the RFID application test. In China Beijing International Airport and Shanghai Pudong Airport has plans to implement RFID projects this year.