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ReboundTAG Debuts Microchip Luggage Locater for Airlines Passengers

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August 03, 2009

ReboundTAG Debuts Microchip Luggage Locater for Airlines Passengers

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

ReboundTAG Ltd. reportedly announced that it has developed an innovative microchip technology, which will help ensure the location of luggage lost by airlines. The company’s patent pending Microchip Bag Tag can be used many times and anywhere in the world.

The number of items of luggage lost by airlines increased from 30 million to 42 million last year which is an increase of 40 percent revealed sources. The amount given as compensation is also less unless receipts for all the things in the lost bag are provided by the passenger which is a difficult task.
ReboundTAG is a new company in the U.K. that is working along with IATA (International Air Transport Association) and airport system developers to offer an optimum solution to tide over the problems of lost luggage.
The company said that by permanently attaching a microchip to a luggage it is possible to reduce the chances of losing one’s belongings. There will be a barcode and number printed on the microchip readers and when the luggage is found the owner will receive an email or text message on their mobile phones immediately.
The Microchip Bag Tags are made by a patented military grade encapsulation ensuring indestructibility. These tags can be used any where in the world and they do not contain the customer’s details but have a unique ID corresponding to a private database. The Microchip Bag Tag includes a second microchip which allows airports to encode flight data onto the tag (News - Alert) when a passenger uses their services.
“Lost luggage is a major anxiety for air travelers,” Max Rangeley, managing director of ReboundTAG, said in a statement. “By micro chipping your luggage you are taking the same precautions with your possessions that you do with your pets.”
If the luggage is located outside the airport the finder will not be able to see the details of the owner but can only send an SMS and e-mail message through the ReboundTAG system. The finder can follow the instructions printed on the tag and go to the ReboundTAG company Web site and click on “I’ve Found Something.”
The owners of the tag can keep their identity anonymous from the airlines also so when the airlines finds the luggage it can send an SMS and email message and not see the owner’s details.
Microchip systems have been implemented by more than 20 airports. Many airports also have microchip readers and others simply use the barcode or number printed on the Microchip Bag Tag for identification.
ReboundTAG said that it uses modern microchip technology for developing its solutions and is paving the way for a new use for RFID technology.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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