Delhi airport introduces ‘BAGG TRAX’, RFID-enabled tag to track check-in luggage

The Delhi airport has introduced a personalised baggage tag, enabled by radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which will give passengers real-time information about when and on which belt is their check-in luggage arriving at the terminal, a statement said on Wednesday, June 1.

The Delhi airport is the first Indian airport to introduce this facility, its operator GMR Group-led DIAL claimed in a statement. A passenger can purchase this tag at the Delhi airport, scan the QR code on it and register it on the website bag.hoi.in, the statement mentioned.

Delhi airport introduces ‘BAGG TRAX’, RFID-enabled tag to track check-in luggage

“Once the tag is registered, all a passenger has to do is to tie the tag or place it into their check-in luggage,” it noted. Passengers will start receiving SMS alerts with the details of baggage on their registered mobile number when their baggage arrives at the Delhi Airport.

“They will get the message on their mobile that their luggage is ready to be picked up at the designated baggage belt,” it noted.

“The Delhi airport is a pioneer in using the technology to give a world-class experience to the passengers. The introduction of BAGG TRAX is yet another technology-driven initiative of DIAL to give an enhanced passenger experience. Now passengers will not have to wait anxiously until their luggage reaches the delivery area as they will get all information about their baggage. During this time, they can meet their other needs. The facility will also help reduce the crowd near the baggage belts.”

Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)

The ‘BAGG TRAX’ tags will soon be commercially launched for flyers at the Delhi airport. Presently, as part of the pilot project, BAGG TRAX tags are given to select frequent flyers at Terminal 3 only, it said.

Once commercially launched, flyers can buy it in the departure sections of any of the terminals at the Delhi airport, it noted.

The ‘BAGG TRAX’ tags will soon be commercially launched for flyers at the Delhi airport.

BAGG TRAX will not only help the domestic and international arrival passengers but also those in transit to track their checked-in baggage, it said.

What is RFID Tagging?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is the wireless non-contact use of radio frequency waves to transfer data. RFID systems usually comprise an RFID reader, RFID tags, and antennas.

RFID tagging uses small radio frequency identification devices to track and identify objects. An RFID tagging system includes the tag itself, also known as a transponder; a scanning antenna and receiver, often combined into one reader, also known as an interrogator; and a host system application for data collection, processing and transmission.

Such systems are commonly used to track and manage goods, animals, and humans.

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Now passengers will not have to wait anxiously until their luggage reaches the delivery area as they will get all information about their baggage.

RFID can be traced to the early days of the radio and later the invention of radio detection and ranging (RADAR) in 1935 by Sir Robert Watson-Watt. The use of radio waves to detect enemy aircraft dates back to World War II.

RFID as recognized today appeared in the 1940s and 1950s, with applications beyond military use starting in the 1960s. Charles Walton is documented as the first RFID patent holder for his 1973 design of a portable radio.

How Does RFID Work?

Tagging items with RFID tags allows users to automatically and uniquely identify and track inventory and assets. RFID takes auto-ID technology to the next level by allowing tags to be read without a line of sight and, depending on the type of RFID, having a read range between a few centimetres to over 20+ meters.

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