Copenhagen Airport launches RFID tags to keep track of travellers  

2008.01.30
A new wireless tag system which can send SMS messages to passengers' mobile phones can help avoid flight delays
From February, passengers travelling from Copenhagen Airport will be able to take advantage of a new wireless technology that enables them to receive messages on their mobile phones and so get them to the boarding point on time, writes national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The system is also designed to help flight operators keep track of their passengers' whereabouts and avoid delays in departures.
 
The system is based on an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag offered to passengers at the check-in desk, which is then paired up with their mobile phones. As passengers (or more strictly their mobile phones) move through the various zones in the airport building, the RFID tag registers the location and can transmit SMS messages to the phone advising e.g. when it is time to finish up shopping and go to the departure gate.
 
The service is free and aims to provide passengers with a relaxed and unhurried start to the journey.
 
Copenhagen Airport is the first in Europe to make available the wireless technology, which has been developed in collaboration with the IT University in Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Questionnaire research carried out by DTU and Copenhagen Airport indicates that the new technology is likely to be well received by the travelling public. 74% of the 700 passengers asked said that they would take up the offer of the RFID tag system.
 
Copenhagen Airport is situated just 8 km south east of Copenhagen city centre. The Øresund bridge between Denmark and Sweden makes a land connection close to the airport with exits from the Danish and Swedish motorway network directly into the airport areas. Copenhagen Airport's attractive location makes it a north European hub for air cargo traffic to Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the countries to the south of the Baltic Sea.
 
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