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How Automated Baggage Handling System Can Help You

Anjali Choudhary

25th May, 2022

Airport baggage handling system

Airports have already been permeated by robots. A handful of them are already utilizing robots for routine tasks such as cleaning airport floors and presenting information to passengers. As technology advances, a plethora of robots will be used at terminals all over the world. Most airport operations and procedures will be automated and streamlined by robots. Airport robots may become commonplace soon, dramatically altering the way we travel.

Manually transporting luggage from the airport terminal to the plane is time-consuming, expensive, and labor-intensive. It has been demonstrated that automating check-in conveyors, luggage screening, sorting, and reclamation improves process efficiency, passenger experience, and safety.

Every day, airports must handle and classify thousands of pieces of luggage due to an increase in the number of people travelling. This is only achievable with conveyor systems that operate properly and without interruption.

Automated baggage handling systems and sortation in airports not only improve operations and efficiency but also provide a good platform for the precise coordination of complex time-critical procedures involved in air travel.

We are at the forefront of revamping airport supply chain operations and preparing them for the unavoidable requirement for sanitization at every contact point through smart automation; solutions that increase cargo movement speed and performance to make air travel hassle-free.

Why are airports adopting robotics and automation?

Airports are using robotics and automation because customers have complained about waiting for baggage trolleys for at least 10-15 minutes, and early luggage handling is another source of frustration for airport management. Robots can drastically cut the amount of time passengers spend in airports and streamline most present operations. Although robots would primarily serve customers, they will benefit airline corporations and airport authorities by encouraging more people to fly. Here are a few ways that airport robots will streamline operations, benefiting both businesses and passengers.

Early Baggage Handling-  AI-robots can help to streamline the baggage-handling procedure from check-in at the airport through check-out at the destination airport. AI-robots can carry passengers’ bags and can replace the manual procedure of passengers transporting them on trolleys. The inbuilt sensors allow the robot to travel alongside the passenger, decreasing their workload. RFID tags placed on the luggage may subsequently be scanned by robots and sent to robots at the destination airport, resulting in a more efficient airport baggage handling procedure. As a result, robots can entirely handle and ease passenger luggage worries. As travelers prioritize comfort when flying, this might lead to an increase in people selecting air travel over other modes of transportation.

Better Airport Security-  Airport security is a key concern in today’s world. Airport robots equipped with computer vision, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies have the potential to improve airport security. Threats can be detected by robots using inbuilt face recognition technology. They may scan airport terminals for questionable persons or those behaving strangely. The robots can inform security personnel or even apprehend the suspect.

Our Offerings for Airports:

Decimator – UV Sanitization Bots– The viral epidemic has necessitated sanitization and minimizing contact sites prior to passenger entry and exit at the airport. We provide automated solutions to sterilize every contact point within the airport, from the trolleys to the plane. For this, we are providing a Decimator (Special Purpose Robot). It may be utilized for a variety of purposes, including thermal scanning, fumigation, sanitization, and contactless disinfection. It is designed for indoors disinfection and emits rays in all 360-degree ensuring a kill rate of 99.9%. Sanitation would be possible at the stand. Mobile robots are being used to automate the procedure. Fumigation would be essential for the sanitization trolley.

Trolley Tracking- According to a study, there were no trolleys accessible at the airport, thus, to tackle this issue, we designed a dynamic real-time trolley tracking system, which works with beacons. The solutions use two types of beacons- Fixed and Mobile. The fixed beacons would be fixed on the stationary pillars for mapping and localization whereas, mobile beacons would be attached or screwed on the exterior surface. They can also be placed on the plastic envelope glued underneath the trolley. With this tracking system we are trying:

  • To improve the availability of trolleys.
  • To optimize the inventory levels.
  • Eliminate the manual searching process.
  • To track damaged trolleys.

Early Baggage Handling- Baggage handling is the process of delivering passenger luggage from a departure airport’s check-in station to a plane cargo hold, then to a collecting point at an arrival airport. A baggage handling system (BHS) is meant to count bags, check bag weights, balance loads, screen luggage for security purposes, transfer bags via an airport conveyor belt system, and automatically read bag information. Modern airport automation streamlines material movement and transfer across the airport, making the entire process of carrying luggage and early baggage handling through convoying across many sites a smooth, hassle-free, and error-free experience.

For baggage handling we provide Dynamo Sorter for carrying baggage and Quadron for an early baggage handling system.

The baggage is taken from the fixed/mobile check-in system utilizing Dynamo, and the AI fleet management system guides robots to check-in stations based on the load, and when the luggage is checked, it is delivered to the appropriate airline.

We designed our early bag system to store and retrieve all bags in a single container. We have included total redundancy in the system. All storage sites may also be accessed manually, and the required platforms are given. We provide Quadron for early baggage handling systems.

In the airport, we are implementing robotic bagging and palletization technologies. BLE Tracking, Advanced Security Measures, Smart Conveyor Solutions, and Disinfection Measures are among the airport automation packages we provide.

We are also introducing ATRS (Automatic Tray Retrieval System), which is supposed to increase productivity, decreasing waiting times, and enhance passenger flow. ATRS is designed to fulfill the demands of every airport, from the smallest to the largest international airport. Design and engineering innovation help to significantly reduce queues while keeping the airport’s highest security requirements. The modular design provides significant system flexibility, allowing development of various configurations based on the demands of each airport. Airport workers can spend less time on secondary operations such as empty tray handling and more time on security procedures and quality of service.

The integration of an end-to-end baggage handling system not only allows airports to expand and better serve their airline customers and passengers, but also positions modern airports as leaders in baggage handling efficiency, increasing baggage traceability and security at every stage of the process.

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