RFID chip developed in Moscow to help track luggage at airports

RFID chip developed in Moscow to help track luggage at airports
A Moscow techno park resident has developed RFID labels for airport luggage that serve as a tracking devices. The innovation will help reduce the likelihood of lost luggage in transit. Disposable chips can be placed on bags at check-in. Passengers can track their luggage using a mobile app.

A resident company at the Moskva (Moscow) Technopolis special economic zone has developed an innovative tracking device for airport luggage. A special RFID chip can be attached to a bag throughout its transit. With a mobile app, passengers can track the location of their labelled luggage. The Moscow company has already launched production of the chips.

The International Air Transport Association issued a directive requiring RFID labelling at all airports starting in 2020. Airports have already started purchasing chips from developers and testing them during flights.

“Labelling luggage with RFID chips will reduce the amount of lost luggage by around 70 percent. If a passenger reports lost luggage, airport staff will be able to promptly find it using the chip and return it to the passenger. Moreover, passengers will not have to worry about lost luggage being delivered as they can track its location in real time,” said Gulnara Khasyanova, CEO of the chip developer and one of the largest producers and exporters of microelectronics in Russia, and resident of Moskva Technopolis.

RFID labels will be attached to luggage tags during check-in. Passengers can track movement of their luggage by entering a unique ID in the airline’s mobile app or the airport of departure. For example, passengers will be able to see that their luggage is being loaded or is already in the luggage hold.

Upon arrival, the passenger will collect his bag with the same chip from the luggage belt. The chip is disposable and needs to be removed after the flight.

The Moskva Technopolis special economic zone comprises five areas, including four in Zelenograd and one in Pechatniki. There are several hi-tech industries, specifically, microelectronics, optics, robotics, medical technology and equipment, and a composite materials production company. Some of the companies in the special economic zone are involved in the development of information, communications and energy-saving technologies as well as nanotechnologies. There is one company that specialises in orthopedic footwear.

One technopolis resident developed a miniature syringe-shaped metering device for medication. It is six times lighter than other similar devices. It fits in a bag and doctors can use it when administering first aid.

“Moscow is on the way to becoming a developer, producer and exporter of some of the most advanced and sought-after technologies. The Moskva Technopolis special economic zone is a project that serves this purpose perfectly. At the recent Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, the developer of the RFID chip for luggage received a special economic zone resident certificate. This means that, thanks to the city’s support, the company can now benefit from tax concessions, subsidised lease rates and other benefits. It can invest the saved money back into its own development,” commented Alexander Prokhorov, Head of Moscow’s Department of Investment and Industrial Policy.

Special economic zone residents receive subsidised income, property, land and transport tax. The zone also operates as a free customs zone. The money saved on taxes and tariffs can be invested in the company’s development, spent on new equipment, on the implementation of innovation and international promotion.

Additionally, there are 34 techno parks in Moscow and three priority investment projects for building more techno parks and developing the facilities. Residents of these specialized territories develop and implement modern technologies in various areas, from creating transport of the future to shoe manufacturing.

Kalibr (Calibre) residents, one of the three priority investment projects, are involved in the production of autonomous cars and buses. The techno park area includes a test ground, a 400-metre motorway with bus stops and pedestrian crossings. Also at Kalibr, residents have developed a new turbojet engine for unmanned aircraft. It is expected that after testing, the new development will become one of the best engines for drones with a thrust of up to 50 kg.

Residents at Strogino Techno Park developed an innovative blood-stopping powder. It takes the powder three minutes to stop even serious, potentially fatal bleeding.

The city provides comprehensive support for techno parks and their residents. These support measures include income, land and property tax benefits and subsidized lease rates. This support reduces the tax burden on the residents by around 25 percent compared to other companies. Techno park management companies are also entitled to concessional loans of up to 50 million roubles with an interest rate of 2 percent for a term of up to five years.

Moreover, it is possible to apply for co-financing of loans taken out for techno park development. This provides compensation of up to 7.75 percent of the interest rate and up to 300 million roubles per year, including for money spent on construction and assembly facilities, upgrades, renovation and new equipment. Moscow techno park programmes are supervised by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.