RFID Tests Prove Tangible ROI for Airline Baggage Tracking, More Than 10% Better Than Barcode

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ODIN's scientific benchmark testing shows RFID accuracy at 99.9% versus less than 90% for Barcode tracking airline baggage on high speed sortation conveyors. For the first time, several RFID tags designed specifically for airline baggage tracking provided nearly 100% read accuracy across global RFID frequency testing. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) each piece of lost luggage costs between $90 and $100 in direct costs. In an effort to help airlines and airports choose the optimal tags and eliminate this unnecessary expense, ODIN created the first scientific RFID study for airline baggage tracking, the RFID Baggage Tag Benchmark™. The Benchmark can save Airport authorities and airlines tens of thousands of dollars in testing and narrow in on successful products available today.

The airline industry now has another well documented use for radio frequency identification (RFID) - baggage tracking. For the first time, several RFID tags designed specifically for airline baggage tracking provided nearly 100% read accuracy across global RFID frequency testing. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) each piece of lost luggage costs between $90 and $100 in direct costs. In an effort to help airlines and airports choose the optimal tags and eliminate this unnecessary expense, ODIN created the first scientific RFID study for airline baggage tracking, the RFID Baggage Tag Benchmark™.

The Benchmark is designed to help airports and airlines understand the key performance characteristics behind successful RFID baggage tagging solutions and how current tag offerings stack up to scientific scrutiny. Designed for end users, the data is presented for scientific RF tag performance as well as high speed conveyor testing. The RFID Baggage Tag Benchmark™ can save Airport authorities and airlines tens of thousands of dollars in testing and narrow in on successful products available today.

"We've had airports contact us about using stimulus money to modernize baggage systems in an effort to make their airports more attractive to international carriers and cut costs at the same time. Airlines and airports must replace 35 year-old barcodes, but don't know what RFID systems are best. ODIN's RFID Baggage Tag Benchmark provides answers," commented Patrick J. Sweeney II, ODIN's founder.

He added, "Already a dozen airports globally have adopted RFID for baggage tracking. We expect half the airports worldwide to be using RFID in the next five years. It is a very fast return on investment, especially since more than 10% of all baggage errors are caused by unreadable barcodes whereas over 98% of all RFID tagged baggage today is read properly the first time. For Class B airports or major carriers, RFID can provide a pay back in less than 12 months. In the past the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has made funding for these projects available for Airport authorities because of the faster access to tagged bags and enhanced security. Now that airports have more variety in quality tag choices and solid ROI case studies, there has never been a better time to invest in RFID."

In the Benchmark ODIN tested 13 tags using first scientific, laboratory based tests, and secondarily on a high speed baggage sortation system. The goal was to primarily test tag sensitivity of converted labels (baggage tags) across the global UHF frequency band (ETSI/Europe, FCC/United States, and TELEC/Japan). Europe and Japan represent the low and high end of the UHF frequency spectrum allocated for use globally and the United States covers a wide spectrum in the middle. Other geographies typically allocate spectrum within these ranges. It is important to test across the UHF spectrum because tag performance often varies in different frequencies.

The test results include:

  • Tag Sensitivity Consistency or Manufacturing Consistency
  • Power Effectiveness (PE)
  • Orientation Sensitivity (OS)
  • Distance testing
  • High speed baggage conveyor testing

The RFID Baggage Tag Benchmark™ is sponsored by Siemens, a leading supplier of complete solutions for all airport processes between landing and take-off. As one of the major suppliers of RFID systems Siemens is using RFID as one of the key technologies to make airport operations more efficient.

To download the Benchmark, please visit: Scientific RFID Benchmark

Or if you would like to order an RFID case study specific to your industry please visit industry case studies

About ODIN
ODIN technologies is the leader in accurate and easy to use RFID solutions for aerospace and defense, government, healthcare, and IT asset tracking. Global corporations on five continents leverage ODIN's expert engineers and patented RFID solutions to achieve accuracy, speed and visibility. In addition to turn-key solutions, implementations and engineering, ODIN publishes the RFID Benchmark Series™ and the RFID Pricing Guide™, the industry's first and most referenced head to head performance and cost analyses of RFID components. ODIN's RFID automation and optimization software EasyRFID™ has been successfully used at dozens of companies across more than 200 sites worldwide to ensure accurate and scalable RFID implementations. ODIN serves clients from offices in Ashburn, Virginia, Dublin, Ireland and Budapest, Hungary. http://www.ODINtechnologies.com

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