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A method of using RFID tags to match luggage with the correct owner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125650D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

There is a problem where, at any location where you are picking up your luggage, such as an airport, train station or bus station, it is difficult for the transportation center to guarantee that the luggage someone exits with belongs to the correct owner. There are several methods used: 1) No checking-- you are responsible for taking luggage and no one does verification 2) A guard manually checks-- an attendant compares your claim tags from your ticket to the tags on the bag 3) An attendant scans your barcoded claim ticket and scans the tags on the bag and this is connected to a central computer which confirms the match. The drawback to these solutions is that they are prone to error, manually intensive and do not take advantage of newer technology such as radio frequency identification (RFID). This idea incorporates RFID technology to automate the process of securely verifying the correct bags. The advantage is that this is a more secure and automated method than any prior options. The basic idea is on check in, the customer is given an rfid tag in the form of a wrist band, a tag is placed on his/her luggage and links those rf tag ids together in the central computer system. At the exit of the baggage claim area, the customer will have to walk past an rfid reader which will read the tags and see if they are grouped together. If so, nothing happens. If not, an error light will be signalled.

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A method of using RFID tags to match luggage with the correct owner

1. Customer Checks in with luggage
2. The counter employee prints out a RFID wrist band and a RFID baggage strap for each bag.
3. The wrist band and baggage straps are linked by the application that printed them out and stores this in a central computer database 4a. The customer gets on his airplane, bus or other transport 4b. The bags are sent to the destination
5. At the location the bags are to be picked up, an RFID reader is set up on the exit.
6. One person can exit at a time.
7. As the person exits with his/her bags, the RFID reader reads all RFID tags in the local vicinity.
8. The group of tags are checked against the central database 9a. If the grouping matches, a positive signal such as a green light, a message on a screen or an exit turnstile is opened 9b. If the grouping does not match, a negative signal such as a red light is displayed. The exit is not opened.

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