BEUMER Whitepaper IATA Resolution


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CRISPLANT WHITEPAPER BAGGAGE HANDLING MODELS THAT CAN HELP THE IMPLEMENTATION OF IATA RESOLUTION 753 Author: Kim Madsen What is IATA Resolution 753? Resolution 753 on baggage tracking comes into effect in June 2018. The full details of Resolution 753 are available on the IATA website but, put simply, it says that ‘IATA members shall maintain an accurate inventory of baggage by monitoring the acquisition and delivery of baggage’. In addition to requiring airlines to demonstrate the delivery and acquisition of bags, it also specifies three key checkpoints where this should happen – aircraft loading, arrivals inject and transfers inject. Taking effect from June 2018, the Resolution is mandatory for all IATA airline members. What is the aim of Resolution 753? The aim is to reduce the number of lost or delayed pieces of baggage by keeping track of it at every stage of its journey through the use of intelligent tracking capabilities. This will lead to a better customer experience and at the same time reduce the costs involved in tracing, retrieving and delivering missing or delayed bags. It will also reduce baggage fraud. When a passenger checks in for a flight, a bag source message (BSM) is generated, which includes the date, flight number, destination, registration number and a unique barcode – this is typically referred to as an IATA Licence plate. The barcode on the tag is checked against a computer database of departing flights and set for delivery to the correct terminal and gate. What does IATA Resolution 753 mean for airlines? IATA members have committed themselves to: • demonstrate delivery of baggage when custody changes • demonstrate acquisition of baggage when custody changes • provide an inventory of baggage upon departure of a flight • capable of exchanging these events with other airlines be as needed This part of the IATA compliance, which would allow interoperability between airlines, is being looked after by the Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Standards (PADIS) Board. PADIS is governed by Passenger Services Conference Resolution 783 to develop and maintain Electronic Data Interchange and XML message standards for passenger travel and airport-related passenger service activities. To find out more, please visit: Following the security check, the baggage moves through the airport system on a series of conveyor belts or tray (tote) conveyors until it reaches the correct loading bay. Prior to b ­ eing loaded onto the plane, the unique bar code is scanned or otherwise registered to make sure that the bag has reached the correct flight before being sent on its way. Research has found that airlines which have a good system in place for keeping track of passengers’ baggage throughout this process have significantly less mishandling incidents than other airlines. Courier companies have been tracking the whereabouts of parcels throughout their delivery journey for years and now, with the standardisation of systems in an airline’s existing technology infrastructure, airlines will be able to do the same thing with pa

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What does IATA Resolution 753 mean for airports? By 2018, IATA member airlines will need to ensure that the airports they work with have the necessary IT systems and infrastructures in place to be able to support them in complying with Resolution 753. This means that all airports (existing or new) will need to assess their baggage handling infrastructures and fill in any gaps where necessary. While baggage is handled by many different parties throughout the process - for example, airlines, the airport and baggage handling companies - one thing they all have in common is the Key Performance...

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baggage processes, this is likely to be the next big thing in baggage handling advancements. Major international airports such as Hong Kong and McCarran (Las Vegas) have already carried out this type of upgrade and now utilise this type of technology. Where to install the equipment: challenges and ­possibilities By 2018, all airports will need to establish if they have the appropriate infrastructure in place to support the requirements of Resolution 753. 4. RFID – this includes RFID chips containing electronically stored information embedded in a tag and they offer very high readability,...

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Physical challenges in airport buildings Another aspect of Resolution 753 is the physical challenge that lies in the infrastructure at airports where the conveyors or claim carousels might not be designed for attaching scanner arrays. Many older airports are not designed with these requirements in mind and so additional infrastructure will be needed to accommodate the new equipment. Conclusion The implementation of IATA Resolution 753 promises to bring benefits to everyone involved – airlines, airports and passengers – because accurate information about the whereabouts of baggage not only...

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