[LINK] Sydney airport considering RFID

Geoffrey Ramadan gramadan at umd.com.au
Sun Dec 10 12:52:52 AEDT 2006


There has been a lot of interest globally in RFID for luggage tracking.

Some recent reports indicate:

"Paybacks from RFID in the air industry are typically in the 
satisfactory 1-2 years range but some paybacks of only months have been 

You can also find an application brief from Symbol Technologies who 
provided the RFID system for Hong Kong Airport (currently the largest 
deployment of RFID for luggage tracking)
Of particular interest are the cost impact figures.

This is an good example of the use of RFID.

Geoffrey Ramadan B.E.(Elec)
Chairman, Automatic Data Capture Association (www.adca.com.au)
Managing Director, Unique Micro Design (www.umd.com.au)

Howard Lowndes wrote:
> http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/lost-in-transit-no-more/2006/11/30/1164777706811.html 
> Sydney Airport is investigating high-tech tagging methods for baggage 
> handling, which could greatly reduce the number of bags that go 
> missing each year.
> Industry experts say that baggage mishandling costs the industry 
> globally $US1.7 ($2.17) billion each year, and that much of this cost 
> is due to failures in the barcode-based tagging system that's 
> currently in use at most airports worldwide.
> A spokesman for Sydney Airport said it had sent staff to look at 
> overseas airports already using the electronic tagging technology - 
> dubbed "radio frequency identification" (RFID) - and that it would be 
> commencing its own trials shortly.
> "Sydney Airport is actively looking at RFID," said the spokesman.
> [...]

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