RFID in Airports: Automated Check-in and RFID Bag Tags


December 24, 2016

Flying, once a glamorous luxury, has become something where arriving three hours early to compensate for delays is the new normal. From checking bags, to boarding planes, to collecting luggage, it may seem like the standing in line will never end. For both airlines, and consumers, this is a serious problem.

Airport self check-in

Airport officials recognize that long lines are often due to slow moving security lines, cuts in labor, and tasks relying on manual labor—all challenges that, in the past, have proven difficult to meet. These days, RAIN RFID can make travel smooth again.

From airlines in India to airports across the US, implementation of RAIN RFID is a growing trend. The technology at work is simple:

The information picked up by readers is sent through apps to those who need it -- from customers who want to track their bags, to airport workers who need to make decisions in real-time to get a bag to the right plane quickly.

Airports see shorter lines, better service

Since enhancing services with RAIN RFID technology, participating airports have seen shorter lines, simplified security checks, and reduced costs of operating:

  • Smartphone luggage tracking lets consumers fly with confidence
    Airlines are using RAIN RFID-enabled luggage tags to give each item a unique identification code that is automatically scanned as it goes through checkpoints. This lets travelers track their luggage on their phone to ensure it’s ready to meet them when they touch touchdown, making lost luggage a thing of the past.
  • TSA operations are streamlined to reduce wait-times
    Chips attached to TSA bins allow workers to easily process carry-on items. The RAIN RFID chips are scanned as bins pass into x-ray machines, and if their contents are flagged, bins are automatically redirected to a separate area. This streamlines the TSA process, removing bottlenecks, and reducing traveler wait times.

Based on the success of these initial programs, many airports and airlines are looking to introduce or expand existing RAIN RFID use, with the hopes that flying becomes less of a headache and more the exciting adventure it used to be.




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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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