A business case for RFID in the airlines industry
Widespread adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) will ensure that airlines become more competitive. RFID can track unit load devices (ULDs), ground handling equipment, passenger baggage, and spare aircraft parts.
Moreover, an automated RFID-based tracking solution enables efficient utilization of ground cargo-handling assets such as ULDs, and the aluminum pallets or containers used by ULDs. However, RFID-tagging of ULDs or cargo shipments also requires substantial capital investment to install interrogators and other RFID infrastructure at airports.
Our expert makes a business case for RFID implementation by a global alliance of airlines, backed by results from pilot studies. A global rollout will help the airline industry standardize processes in air cargo. In addition, airlines can track premium, time-definite express cargo across their networks and comply with new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) security regulations.
Published with permission of Rfidjournal.com
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