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WI-FTF Method and Procedures for Tracking baggage and owner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000178313D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jan-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jan-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method and Procedure for Tracking luggage and owner using facial recognition and RFID tags

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WI-FTF Method and Procedures for Tracking baggage and owner

Disclosed is a method for tracking luggage and verifying that the person moving the luggage from a controlled area is authorized to remove it.

One of the problems that happens at airports/hotels, etc., is that the wrong luggage may be picked up and removed from the expected location. Today, the primary method for handling luggage is user-dependent, namely the person picking up the luggage is supposed to verify that the luggage being picked up is their own. The drawback of this approach is that this requires due diligence from the person picking up the luggage, and of course human error/conduct plays a big roll.

Another, more secure approach is to use RFID tags on the luggage and on the person or people who own/should handle the luggage and to detect their relative movement/location. The drawback of this approach is that it requires not just a luggage but also a person to have a tag and be trackable.

As a user preference or system option, support to avoid tagging the person or people with an RFID tag may be replaced by facial recognition to identify the person with RFID tags still used to track the bags. This avoids the need for tracking the person, which may feel too much like an invasion of privacy.

More specifically, at the time the luggage is checked in, the luggage is tagged with an RFID tag. People who are allowed to pick up and remove the luggage are photogr...