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Air China Uses RFID for Baggage Tracking

rfid used for luggage tracking in airports

Recently, Air China has successfully completed the test of the entire baggage tracking pilot route, and has realized the functions of tracking key nodes and inquiring by passengers of Beijing-Chongqing round-trip baggage routes. Passengers can check the baggage transportation status from the time they check in their luggage at the airport.


According to the requirements of the Civil Aviation Administration, the pilot work used RFID (radio frequency identification technology) to obtain baggage transfer information at the Capital Airport and Jiangbei Airport by using fixed equipment scanning and manual scanning, and passed the baggage data to Air China through the Air Easy Travel data platform APP. After completing the baggage check-in procedure, passengers can log in the Air China APP, select “Itinerary”, and find “More Services” on the itinerary details page-select “Luggage Inquiry” to check multiple status information of baggage like consignment, security, sorting and loading , which can keep tracking baggage in real time, and several baggage can also be viewed separately. Or, you can find the list of “Itinerary” through the “Itinerary” function key at the bottom of the home page. You can see the specific number of checked luggage after you have checked in, click enter to check the luggage status. At the Beijing Capital Airport T3 terminal, passengers departing from Beijing can experience this service by checking their luggage at the artificial counter in Area K.


This form of baggage tracking uses the international advanced RFID baggage tracking technology. An RFID chip has been added to each baggage compartment. In the past, the information printed on the luggage strip needs to be obtained by optical scanning, while RFID uses the chip embedded in the luggage strip to identify the luggage’s information, which is not affected by the barcode position, quality, light and other conditions. The combination of RFID technology and baggage reconfirmation system can automatically collect baggage consignment, security check, sorting, baggage loading and unloading, and other node information. Finally it will form and output a complete baggage transmission link to realize the whole process of baggage tracking.


It is understood that after this pilot, Air China will continue to cooperate with all parties, and cooperate with airports in Wuhan, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and other airports to expand the range of luggage tracking business destinations. It will use the airport’s RFID facilities and equipment and the Air Easy Travel data platform, and promote the Big Owned Baggage Reconfirmation System (BRS), to achieve information sharing with alliances and joint partners, and improvement of the transportation service network for the whole process of baggage tracking.

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