Schiphol airport in Amsterdam is using IBM to expand its baggage capacity using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
IBM will provide the baggage management system to control and track each bag throughout the baggage transportation system using robot handling software at the airport's planned new baggage hall.
IBM will also deliver consulting services, hardware, other software and application development for the project. RFID technology will be used to track checked-in baggage, said Big Blue.
Work on the new baggage hall has just started. The new baggage hall is designed to handle baggage for departing and transferring passengers.
The hall will be used by different airline companies, with KLM/Air France the biggest user. The system will also be connected to other baggage halls at the airport, ensuring more efficient and faster transfers of baggage between connecting flights.
When the hall opens in 2011, six robots will mechanically manage baggage, handling 60% of the loading and further decreasing connection times.