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New baggage tracking system to be unveiled

Technology giant Siemens will be revealing a new baggage system which promises to be more efficient than current offerings.

Technology giant Siemens will be revealing a new baggage system which promises to be more efficient than current offerings.

The firm will be unveiling its Simatic RBS at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo Europe 2008 which takes place in Amsterdam next week.

Using Radio Frequency Identification, the technology is more advanced than conventional barcode systems – benefiting passengers travelling through airports as they will be able to access their luggage more quickly. Siemens says that it will both cut the number of bags which are directed to the wrong place and slash the cost of handling baggage for airports, which could in turn cut costs for passengers.

According to the firm, the system offers a "wide variety of advantages" and is "designed so that adjacent systems do not interfere with each other. The high-speed processing of the data as well as intelligent algorithms are the prerequisite for tracking the exact assignment of baggage and data in the tunnel area (in real time) and the forwarding of the filtered data to the higher-level baggage handling system," it adds.

Visitors to the event will also be given the opportunity to view a wheelchair mover designed to make it easier for wheelchair users to travel through airports.

Designed by Dane Technologies, the new power assisted vehicle system makes transporting wheelchair users "safe, smooth and easy" through the use of programmable speeds, automatic breaks and easy-use controls.

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