RFID Tags to Trace Misplaced Baggage

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Students competed in a national event and presented solutions to airport baggage delivery problems

Students from Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering (BVCE), SIES Graduate School of Technology, Navi Mumbai, and RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru presented prototypes to end baggage delivery problems at Indian airports. The concepts were discussed at the Smart India Hackathon hosted by the government of India.

Maintain a check on your luggage

Claiming that nearly 128 bags and suitcases get misplaced or mishandled during transfers, the students have suggested tags that can be used by passengers as well as airport officials. This can aid locating and tracing baggage which can eventually lead passengers towards a smooth baggage clearance.

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The intention is to allow passengers to access information about their luggage on their smartphones or via SMS. The tags have been designed as an improved version of the existing barcode tags. They are reusable and can also be attached to pet collars.

Commercialisation can be the key

The participating students have ideated tagging technology to use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chips and track luggage real-time at stages of transfer. For tags containing electronically-stored information, RFID can use electromagnetic fields to identify and track tags attached to objects.

The teams participated in the Smart Communication Category and presented their prototypes on passive RFID technology. It has been said that commercialisation of these prototypes can solve baggage delivery problems at Indian airports on a large scale.

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