Impinj Announces the Monza R6-B Tag for Airline Baggage Tracking

Gaylene Meyer

September 10, 2018

For airlines and airports, guaranteeing that bags arrive to the correct location on time requires fail-safe systems, close coordination, and tight communication. While the industry has made many improvements, in 2017 there were still 22.7 million mishandled bags.

This ultimately cost the air transport industry 2.3 billion dollars, along with disrupted passenger experiences.

airline bags on roundabout

The good news is that the industry is aligning to continue improving baggage handling. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents some 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic, has created a new resolution to encourage airlines to further reduce mishandling by implementing cross-industry tracking for every bag’s journey. Effective June 1, 2018  Resolution 753 requires airlines to track baggage at four key points:

  • Passenger handover to airline
  • Loading to the aircraft
  • Delivery to the transfer area
  • Return to the passenger

This level of accountability will provide vastly improved insight into the journey luggage takes. But complying with Resolution 753 means creating systems that are both effective and scalable.

RAIN RFID Offers Scalable Solution for Baggage Tracking

One technology stands out as both cost-effective and easy-to-implement for baggage tracking: RAIN RFID. In existing projects that use RAIN RFID to track bags the results have been impressive.

One of the earliest adopters of RAIN RFID, the Hong Kong International Airport, handles 51 million bags each year and has been so satisfied with the program’s success they have been expanding it ever since. Delta Airlines, which handles 120 million bags each year, implemented RAIN RFID enabled tracking in 2016, and reports a 99.9% success rate for bag tracking.  

These results are no outliers. According to a report provided by IATA in conjunction with global IT solutions provider SITA, upon adoption of RAIN RFID enabled bag tracking, the airline industry could see a combined savings of $3 billion USD over the next 7 years. RAIN RFID is expected to reduce the number of mishandled bags by up to 25% by 2022, mainly through efficient tracking.

This level of tracking is possible because RAIN RFID is both highly accurate and easily scalable. RAIN RFID enabled tags are embedded within standard bag tags and a RAIN RFID system can enhance data gathered from existing baggage handling systems.

Impinj Monza R6-B Designed Especially for Bag Tracking Solutions

Impinj engineers created the Monza R6-B endpoint IC specifically to effectively track baggage in an air travel scenario. The chip is highly durable and able to withstand rough handling along a bag’s journey from customer to plane and back. It’s optimized for fast and accurate reading in ideal operations and handles challenging radio-frequency environments such as densely stacked bags and metal structures that cause signal interference.  This means no more unread tags—and no more lost baggage.

With the Impinj Monza R6-B endpoint IC, the air transport industry can adopt a core Internet of Things approach that improves baggage handling operations and also opens the door for more seamless travel experiences for passengers. As a frequent flyer, I welcome this future.

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Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, and automobile parts to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, and asset tracking. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.

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