Friday, July 17, 2009

RFID, robots aim to handle luggage more effectively

RFID and luggage have certainly been used in the same sentence before, but IBM and Vanderlande Industries are hoping that their efforts will "cut down on the amount of baggage lost as it is being transferred between connecting flights." Truth be told, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is likely most concerned with travelers' baggage, as it has allowed the aforementioned firms to implement a "baggage management system to control and track each bag using robot handling software." Reportedly, a half dozen bots will manage the bags, which will purportedly "improve the working conditions of the people" -- the people who've yet to be replaced by machines, that is.

[Via InformationWeek]

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