Jan 19, 2021
The most important function for airports and airlines is to ensure that flights depart safely and on schedule. That means getting planes boarded and emptied promptly. The airports and airlines consider keeping efficiency at the terminals a critical operation. Airports are large places, and some members of airport personnel must cover large areas throughout their shifts. This means it can be difficult to find a specific person if their work area is vast. If you know exactly where they are, you can use either page them or go to them without searching.
RFID technology is a great way to track the location of employees, and it enables tags to communicate with readers and computers with locating software installed. RFID tags are given to all employees; each tag uniquely identifies each employee. RFID readers are placed at specific points throughout the airport. Exits, entrances, and ticket counters are just some places readers can be placed to read the signals broadcasted by the tags. The data is transmitted to the locating software. You can then easily track personnel from a computer or even a mobile device so that they can be tracked and directed/dispatched quickly. By wearing smartwatches, employees can keep their hands free to perform their work while receiving notifications or updates. 
When considering the use of RFID tracking in airports, reading distance has to be considered. Airports are big places, and some areas may require longer transmission distances than others. For instance, someone working out on the tarmac loading baggage may need tags and readers who can communicate long distances. Fortunately, this is possible at as far as 328 feet. In other cases, you may need to monitor employees at choke points, such as entrances and exits or ticket counters. These systems can communicate at a distance of around 16 feet; they’re considered medium distance.
Benefits of Using RFID Technology
The intention of the RFID tags, regardless of the distance they’re required to be read, is to measure how truly productive employees are. It can be easy for an employee to lose time without intending to do so. By measuring when and why they’re most productive and why productivity may decline, airlines can create policies or even improve the work environment for their employees. Below are a couple of other benefits of using RFID technology: 
Not only is RFID technology effective at tracking employees, but it can be used to track passengers or even measure interactions between employees and passengers. Employees stationed in certain areas can be pinged via a handheld device about the name of a specific passenger so that they can be greeted. Airport personnel tracking is just a first step towards better efficiency. This is a scalable technology, so there’s no need to start from scratch every time there’s an advancement. The scalability also makes it efficient and more affordable than other types of systems and their upgrades.
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