Datalogic lands major tracking installations as projects take off at airports worldwide

Bologna, February 14, 2013 – Datalogic has announced  new partnerships  for its automated baggage handling projects in newly built airport terminals all over the world. These new projects account for over 60 state-of-the art reading stations with more reading stations to be implemented during the next months.

Today, with active systems in more than 100 airports around the world, Datalogic is expanding its leading position in this sector even further, with the recent handover of new baggage handling systems (BHS) for Calcutta Airport in India, Bogota Airport in Colombia, Lodz Airport in Poland and Dubai airport.
In addition to this, Datalogic has a significant order book for installations in new airport terminals in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), St Petersburg (Russia), in Oman, Bangalore (India) and also a recently awarded project for Bali Airport in Indonesia.

Datalogic is a pioneer and early adopter of scanning solutions for baggage handling, with the first automatic tag reader (ATR) installation worldwide in Milan’s Linate airport in 1984.

Mauro Sacchetto, Datalogic Group’s CEO, says: “We are very pleased that Datalogic’s solutions are being successfully employed in airports all over the world, in particular in emerging markets where a consistent increase in passenger numbers is to be expected. Thanks to the advanced technology of Datalogic’s solutions we are able to meet the most demanding needs of modern airports that are implementing our cutting edge sorting and conveying systems for fully automated baggage handling”.

Datalogic’s BHS solution is extremely easy to install, operate and maintain. It guarantees the highest reading rates in every operating condition. In addition, the system integrates state-of-the-art diagnostic and control tools for real time performance monitoring and surveillance. In addition, all the components of the baggage handling solution are extremely resistant and are able to operate in any environment – from extreme temperatures of heat and cold to high humidity and dust levels. One of these components is the DS8100A industrial bar code reader, a high performance linear laser reader designed to fulfill the sorting needs in the Transportation & Logistics sector, which is also  ideal for airport applications.

Each reading station consists of 8 omni-directional scanners which, combined with powerful software algorithms, can correctly scan luggage tags, whatever their orientation. By using the Packtrack™ patented technology, traceability of each individual piece of luggage is ensured as the correct code assignment is guaranteed, even when items are extremely close to one another. This makes the BHS solution perfectly suitable for state of the art sorting technologies. As an example, in automatic identification and baggage sorting systems with industrial bar code readers approx. 4,000 luggage labels are read per hour.

Besides baggage handling solutions, Datalogic also produces other airport applications such as access and check-in control solutions. Access control solutions have been implemented at security gate check-in areas in Bologna Airport in Italy, which uses Datalogic’s PowerScan PM8500 2D bar code reader to handle over 8,500 passengers every day during peak periods in summer.

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany, which may we remind is crossed by over 3.5 million passengers, has implemented Datalogic Gryphon GD4400 2D readers, which are used to check-in passengers and to control their boarding passes allowing to save an estimated 25 minutes per flight in ground control operations.