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AIDC/RFID in Aviation: Identification of Assets, Baggage and Materials
International Conference "The World of Identification: AIDC/RFID" on March 8th, 2012, CeBIT, Hanover
High Demand for Innovation
Hardly any industry has focused as equally on technological advances as aviation. Under the Federal Association of Aviation and Space Industry (BDLI), the annual expenditure on research and development in 2010 was about 17 percent of industry sales. The aerospace industry relies on innovation. AIDC/RFID technology can improve upon processes in aviation logistics and maintenance. The deployed devices and transponders have to meet specific requirements in terms of robustness and security.
Electronic Type Label
For the particularly high demands of the aviation industry, the Harting Technology Group has developed a transponder that can be attached to virtually every aircraft component. The tag serves as an electronic type label and has a design life of 30 years. Jörg Hehlgans, System Application Manager at Harting Electric, talks about the small size of the tag and its resistance to extreme temperatures and corrosive substances.
RFID Flies With
Aviation logistics and aircraft maintenance are the core competencies of Tom Burian, RFID project manager at Lufthansa Technik Logistik. He reports on how maintenance processes can be simplified by tagging life jackets and oxygen masks. Lufthansa Technik Logistik has already deployed an RFID system in warehouse logistics. The company is further testing and developing the permanent RFID tagging of aircraft parts.
Safety at the airport
What AIDC/RFID technologies can achieve for safety at the airport, Marcel Schweda of Assion Electronic reports. At a German major airport, the airport lighting of the runway will be labelled with RFID to simplify maintenance visits. In a South African city, the company installed an RFID system for access control. Since the implementation, the number of criminal offences in the security zone has verifiably decreased.
Luggage Handling at the Airport
Manfred Pierl, portfolio manager of AIDC technology at Sick, gives a lecture on the technology in baggage handling and tracking. With the Airport Luggage Identification System (ALIS), the company has developed a solution to optimize the use of manned and automatic check-in counters at airports. The staggered arrangement of the readers allow for T-shaped and linear IATA bar codes that can be recognized in every direction and on every piece of luggage.
Further information can be found here: www.conference.rfid-im-blick.de
Foto: Lufthansa Technik Logistik GmbH
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