Image courtesy of IATA
WHAT IS RFID
RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) is a form of communication using radio waves that can allow you to automatically track and trace tags attached to objects. RFID tags store important information, usually identifying codes or dates about the object the tag is attached to.
Tags can utilize different frequencies, and the tags can either be “active” or “passive”. Passive tags use no battery or internal power source, instead they are powered by the energy produced by the RFID reader when it is within range. These tags generally cost much less than active tags, making them useful for many applications across various industries.
Active RFID tags use a battery so they can continuously broadcast a signal. They work like points on a map so they are great for tracking real-time data. They have a very long read range.
RFID and the IATA
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board confirmed their intention to mandate airlines to utilize RFID for bag tracking starting in 2020. This means all airlines must include a RFID inlay in their baggage tags.
In 2018, most bags are already tracked using barcodes – however, the IATA Board has determined that RFID is the most cost-conscious method to implement for tracking all bags.
According to Resolution 753, airlines must track baggage at four key points along the baggage journey:
Passenger handover to airline
Loading the aircraft
Deliver to the transfer area
Return to the passenger
Airlines must also share the tracking information with their interline journey partners as needed.
How can Jet Label & Jet Marking Systems help?
With Partners like Zebra Technologies, SATO, and Alien Technologies, Jet Marking Systems can install, repair and maintain RFID equipment.
In 2019 Jet Label installed a single-pass RFID inserter, reducing the time and cost associated with attaching RFID chips to labels and tags.