How are Airlines Using RFID to Change Their Operations?

With the rapid development of the economy, the civil aviation industry has achieved unprecedented development, and with the continuous increase of passenger and cargo traffic, people's demand for airport service quality is also getting higher and higher. Therefore, RFID technology has been widely used in all walks of life, so large airports at home and abroad have been using RFID technology to improve the operation and service efficiency of airlines.


Compared with traditional bar codes, RFID can read multiple tags at the same time and has a larger memory capacity of data. Especially in airline baggage management, RFID highlights the characteristics that bar codes do not have, which can be summarized as the following two points:

1. The RFID reader does not need to align the tag when collecting product data.

2. Product data can be read automatically, eliminating the trouble of manual scanning.

Components of an airport RFID system:

RFID Readers, antennas, RFID tags, system middleware and system application software.


RFID technology in the airport applications:

1.Sorting of baggage and goods to solve the problem of baggage loss.

At the airport check-in counter, RFID airline tags are attached to passengers' baggage by the staff.  The UHF RFID readers are installed at the airport counter, baggage conveyor belt and cargo warehouse, so that the aviation management system can track the baggage throughout the entire process until the baggage reaches the passengers, which solves the problem of lost baggage in the past.

2.Warehousing management of cargo-- tracking and positioning in the process of cargo transportation

RFID tags are attached to the cargo boxes to record the placement of the boxes, product categories, dates, etc. According to the unique EPC code  of each product, we can keep track of the status of the goods, their location, whether they are lost or distributed at any time, so as to facilitate warehousing management.

3.Tracking and positioning for cargo and personnel

RFID technology can correctly identify the specific location of various goods among a wide range of goods, and can determine the specific location of the person to be found at the airport or on the aircraft.


4.Saving the management cost of the airport and improving the efficiency

It is understood that the phenomenon of misdelivery of baggage often occurs, the airlines must spend a sum of money each year to deal with these problems. Therefore, the entire air transport system and related logistics companies are hoping to find a thorough solution as soon as possible. RFID technology can reduce this heavy cost for airlines.

5.Responding to terrorist attacks and airport security

Each RFID electronic tag has a set of unmodifiable, unique code and is specially encrypted. The information of the blacklisted personnel can be input into the RFID system. When the blacklisted personnel pass through the checkpoint, the RFID system can send out an alarm signal, and at the same time can quickly determine the location of the person's luggage, so that the management personnel can timely and accurately find out the suspicious person's identity. This can effectively prevent the terrorist incidents.

6.Access authorization for airport employees

The airline can classify each worker's job scope according to their position and status, and then input the above information into the RFID tags on the employee's work cards. RFID system can identify whether the employee has entered an unauthorized area, so that the airline can better manage the employee.

7.Reducing the risk of aircraft accidents

Tags tracking of aircraft parts can reduce the production of counterfeits and help airlines replace faulty parts quickly and accurately. By installing RFID electronic tags on aircraft seats, aircraft managers can clearly know whether the life jackets on each seat are in place, which can effectively avoid mistakes in emergency situations.

8.In addition, the application of RFID technology in airport management can also evacuate the flow of people, search for lost children and late boarding passengers, equipment intelligent inspection and so on.

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Post time: Sep-22-2022