Airbus Creates the Future with RFID
If I were to tell you that the future holds [dramatic drum roll] no lost baggage while flying, I imagine our conversation would look like this:
“Wow, are you kidding?”
“No, I’m serious!”
And you know what I’m about to say next…
“It’s all thanks to RFID!”
Airbus unveiled its new prototype of Bag2Go this week. With an iPhone app, this program gives the consumer the ability to track his or her bag throughout the entire process of flying. Once you board the plane, you open the Bag2Go’s iPhone app and literally check if your bag is on the plane with you. Sensors in the luggage weigh your bag before you even leave the house ensuring you don’t get charged any of those irritating extra fees. Airbus is trying to make it as convenient as possible for the passenger by offering these bags for rent. “You rent the bag, it comes to you, you pack it, and then the bag goes to the airport” said Airbus’ Chief Innovation Officer. How useful is that? The cost could quickly rack up, but if you compare that cost with the cost of losing your bag, I’m sure the rental program starts looking very enticing.
I recently just had an ordeal with lost baggage at the airport, so I’m speaking from experience when I say that if the airline loses luggage, no one will know anything about anything. It’s like talking in circles for hours. I think the time and hassle of dealing with lost bags will convert loads of people to this new rental program. Trust me, if I could take back those two hours at the Atlanta airport at 1:00 AM in the morning and trade them for a no-hassle rental fee that comes with peace of mind and convenience, I would have been one happy camper.
Read the full story at www.futuretravelexperience.com.
RFID to Rock the Stage
Bonnaroo, Facebook, Instagram, and RFID have just teamed up to create the musical experience of a lifetime. Every Bonnaroo ticketholder has a small RFID tag in their wristband that is their little key to unlock cool features and behind the scenes information from the top music festival in the country. If you register and sync your RFID wristband with your Facebook account, your wristband checks in at different stages and bands and allows you to upload photos automatically. Facebook has just started using hashtags, and now hashtags will connect Bonnaroo attendees from across the nation with RFID tags and social networks.
If you want to learn more about how RFID is connecting music listeners everywhere, check out the rest of the article at www.billboard.com.
RFID Enjoys Working at the Waterpark
Sometimes I like to refer to RFID as a person, because let’s face it, lately, it is being spotted more than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt combined. Maybe it’s because I work with them [RFID, not Brangelina] every day, maybe I just love RFID; all I know is those little tags are making a big difference across the leading industries in the world.
Lately, RFID can be spotted floating down a lazy river, and I wish I was alongside with a fruity cocktail. We caught up with these RFID tags encased in silicone waterproof casings at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in New Jersey. We had a few questions for these Wildwater specialty tags. Our first was “what are you doing here?”
As it turns out, RFID is helping this amusement park by providing fast pay kiosks, saving attendees the burden of carrying their wallets around the water park. At a water park, there are a couple of things to worry about – one, is the water clean, and, two, what do I do with my wallet? At pay kiosks located at the front of the park, customers can load a prepaid amount onto their account, and the kiosk will dispense a silicone RFID wristband which can be used to pay for food or souvenirs around the park. The HF RFID tag encased in the wristband stores the customer’s information, and when the customer is ready to purchase something, they wave the bracelet in front of a hot spot which houses an embedded RFID reader. RFID seems to be working out very well in New Jersey.
When we asked for comments on how the RFID tags are enjoying their stay at Dorney Park, all we heard was a muffled, excited squeal as teenagers came sliding down the ‘Aqua Racer’ with a wristband clinging alongside. Ah, the life of an RFID tag….
Read the full article at www.rfidjournal.com.
What’s your favorite use of RFID from this week’s stories? Comment below with your answer!