Altoros supports testbed to find solution for mishandled bags

Altoros has participated as a supporting company in the Smart Airline Baggage Management Testbed to increase the ability of airlines to track baggage, preventing theft and loss, the company said.

The company said the testbed includes GE, M2Mi and Oracle as lead members.

In the US, six or seven bags are lost for every 1,000 handled, according to aviation IT company SITA and the US Department of Transportation. The result is 23+ million mishandled bags annually. Travelers are inconvenienced; it costs airlines USD100 to repatriate a delayed bag.

The system developed by the testbed participants will track a bag from check-in to delivery, using RFID tags and a range of wireless devices. It smartly associates luggage with passengers and flights, tracking baggage location through GPS in real time and generating alerts/events, such as a bag located where it should not be or a weight change in a bag.

The testbed is targets helping airlines address the new requirements set out by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Resolution 753, which requires implementing more comprehensive solutions for baggage handling by June 2018.

Altoros is a developer of enterprise-grade software factories for organizations throughout the world. The company has 250+ employees across eight countries.