Delta Uses Chip Tags, Tracking App to Tackle Problem of Lost Bags
There's nothing like lost luggage to put a damper on the holiday travel season, but a simple piece of technology being added to some luggage tags could help limit the problem. Just in time for the travel rush, Delta is adding Radio Frequency Identification chips, also known as RFID, to paper baggage tags.
Alaska Airlines Testing Electronic Baggage Tags With Some Passengers, Crew
For years now, airlines have experimented with different programs — like real-time baggage tracking — that aim to ensure that passengers and their luggage arrive together and in one piece. Alaska Airlines is jumping on the issue, allowing some passengers to replace traditional checked bag tags with a high-tech, electronic version.
Is This The Baggage Tag of The Future?
Alaska Airlines' research and development team, Customer Experience Labs (CX Labs), has come up with a number of different features over the past few years, focusing on biometric systems to allow automated lounge access and even to streamline boarding. And now, they've turned their considerable engineering prowess to an oft-overlooked part of the travel experience: the humble baggage tag.
No More Lost Luggage - World’s First “Battery Free Permanent Luggage Tag”
Vanguard is announcing the new E-Ink based ViewTag™ with a display that changes via the traveler’s phone. Vanguard ID Systems has been working with IATA (International Air Transport Association) members to solve the problem. Vanguard will demonstrate the changeable permanent tag at the 2013 IATA World Passenger Symposium in Dublin, Ireland. The tag acts like a digital license plate that allows the customer to control the process of checking their bag at home, using their cell phone through the tags QR Code or the NFC embedded module in the tag. The customer receives a text message telling them where their bags are located throughout their journey.
Vanguard Announces Breakthrough Product
The Tower-Tag™ is a cost effective solution to on-metal tags. The RFID transponder is isolated preventing typical deflection and allowing for higher frequency read range.
Vanguard ID Systems appears in RFID Journal
Vanguard ID Systems' View Tag contains two passive RFID chips and an electronic paper display to help airlines and airports track the location of luggage, and send updates to passengers' cell phones when bags are loaded on planes.
Vanguard remains a leader in its field
Anyone giving a gift card for Christmas or carrying a supermarket rewards tag on a keychain or a library card in a wallet more than likely have had their hands on a Vanguard ID Systems product.
The privately owned company, founded two decades ago by Richard O. Warther, produces the ubiquitous plastic cards and tags. Customers range from retailers to minor league baseball teams, with the company’s heaviest concentration in library and health clubs.
At 53, Warther describes himself as “an old bar code guy.” In the early days of the technology, Warther worked for grocery store chains and later Graphic Technology and Data Document Systems, both in Kansas City, Kan.
He founded Vanguard ID in 1987 with the help of several financial backers.
“They put up the money, I supplied the knowledge and backbone,” Warther said.