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Airline Industry Study Is Upbeat About RFID-Based Baggage Tracking
- Nov 12, 2016 -

Airline Industry Study Is Upbeat About RFID-Based Baggage Tracking

A recent study conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and SITA predicts that the airline industry is poised to save a total of approximately $3 billion by the end of 2022 by employing ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification technology to increase baggage-handling efficiency and reduce the incidence of errors. During that same span of time, RFID is expected to reduce the number of mishandled bags by 25 percent. In order for this to happen, the report notes, most of the world's airports would need to deploy the technology. However, IATA and SITA believe, such wide-scale adoption will likely happen as a result of Resolution 753, an IATA directive from the airline industry requiring every piece of luggage to be tracked across the key points in a bag's journey from origin to destination.
The savings is calculated based on the assumption that most airlines will have deployed RFID-based baggage-tracking infrastructure by 2021.

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