Milan's Malpensa Airport has signed a contract with Denmark's Lyngsoe Systems for the implementation of an RFID [Radio Frequency Identification] system for baggage handling. The size and value of the order has not been disclosed.
The system centres on the use of plastic tags attached to baggage, which allow baggage to be "read" at a distance by sensors using radio signals, during check-in, at reading points on conveyors, and at baggage reconciliation. Compared with conventional bar code strips, the system is said to enable increased throughput of baggage, improved screening and a reduction in the number of mishandled bags.
For Malpensa Airport, the higher capacity of the RFID system makes good sense. Handling over 21 million passengers annually, it is Italy's premier airport for international traffic and transits. Malpensa is also Italy’s largest leisure flight terminal, with one terminal fully dedicated to low-cost charter flights.
Lyngsoe Systems is a market leader in RFID integration and operates the world’s largest RFID network. Since September 2004, Hong Kong International Airport has been operating an RFID system supplied by Lyngsoe Systems for check-in and transfer baggage. Lyngsoe Systems is also an IATA Strategic Partner, contributing to IATA working groups with process and technology knowledge.
The news was reported on Lyngsoe System's website.