A hybrid code reading system from SICK has helped the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport improve the reliability of its transfer baggage handling process, increasing satisfaction among passengers, airlines and the airport operator.
The ALIS400 Hybrid code reading system from SICK combines bar code technology and RFID technology to achieve 100% read rates.
The Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport is the largest airport in Finland and the fourth largest in northern Europe, handling over 13 million passengers a year. Due to its geographical location, the airport serves as a hub for many airlines on long-haul flights between Europe, North America and Asia.
When the state-owned airport operator, Finavia Corporation extended the terminal facilities in 2009, a key objective was to ensure the smooth handling of transfer baggage that may not be transferred in time or at all because of unreadable luggage labels.
In order to evaluate the benefit of the hybrid technology, which is a combination of bar code and RFID technologies, Finavia decided to test the identification of transfer baggage from Hong Kong, tagged there exclusively with bar code RFID labels. The goal was reliable handling of the transfer baggage between the terminals and the new Baggage Logistics Center.
Finavia chose the ALIS400 Hybrid, a code reading system with integrated bar code and RFID reading technology developed by SICK and integrated by the Danish Crisplant Company at the terminal.
A homogenous and consistent reading field is generated within the tunnel, shielded against any cross interference from outside. It allows reliable identification and localisation of the RFID tag on the piece of luggage. The bar code portal, the second component of the system detects the luggage label in any position and orientation.
When a baggage item from Hong Kong passes the tunnel, both the bar code and the RFID tags are read simultaneously. The ALIS400 Hybrid ensures a 100% read rate for the transfer baggage from Hong Kong at the baggage handling facility in Helsinki, eliminating any potential for error.