SMART LUGGAGE

Our luggage can be considered to be our own personal resource. This is because when we travel, we are normally taking with us items that we consider to be of value. Sometimes, these things are important for us to function properly in business. The frequency of lost luggage and stolen luggage is a problem that certain people have been trying to control by using technology. Luggage management can be viewed on a personal level and also at a system level. Technology is improving and it is no longer necessary to rely simply on human brain power to ensure that there is a minimal chance of any misappropriation of your luggage. The following media presentation has an interesting idea and although it does not seem to be something that is a common sight, there is a smart idea being introduced. The idea is that rather than us look for luggage, we have luggage look for us.


    


Not all travelers will be aware that in airports there are moves being made to continually upgrade luggage handling systems. We are not talking anymore about personal management of luggage but of processes and systems being used to improve luggage handling efficiency and security. This involves sensors, hardware, software and Smart Systems. Some people believe  smarter systems will increase not only airport efficiency but also enable business to flow more smoothly. It is difficult to imagine just what is contained in everyone's luggage but suffice it to say there will be times when several critical items are being shipped from one location to another. Those items could be important for the well-being of individuals or some other process outside of the airport. Ensuring that large scale handling, management of what is going in and out of a system is a smart idea. Major airports are now handling tens and even hundreds of thousands of bags and packages per day. To handle these kinds of numbers we need a sufficiently large space, a well designed conveyer system and even robots that have been programmed to sort and handle. Synchronization of all the elements in a system not only requires the adequate infrastructure but also smart software systems. The following media presentation shows one such company that is involved in helping airlines and airports and ultimately passengers in this way.



    


What is amazing is what we do not normally see going on. This is because most passengers are only going to be conscious of the inlet point for their baggage and that is normally at a check-in counter where it is intelligently tagged. What happens after that depends on how smart a system the airport will employ. We can see that most definitely we are now entering the world of automation and in these particular cases we should be aware that conveyer systems technology plays an important role. Conveyers are moving all the time and made up of mechanical components and so a system that functions well will have to provide reliable designed conveyer systems. There is also the question now of preventative maintenance and the automation system will not only be monitoring the bags but also the machinery being used to transport them. What seems to be one of the most challenging tasks has to do with the fact that these systems cannot be stopped for long because downtime costs money and inconvenience.  Of course, these technical issues are only just a tiny sample of what needs to be considered in a system but it might broaden the minds of those who previously had no idea of how complex a baggage handling system can actually become. In the following media presentation we can see that there are hardware considerations but also software was well. There are also baggage handling control rooms where individuals have computer access to the total system where they can intervene if they see something that is a potential problem.