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April 28, 2009

Motorola and partners win multi-year HKIA contract

RFID system achieves average read-rates of more than 97%, versus 80% from a bar code-only system

By CBR Staff Writer

Motorola and partners Avery Dennison RFID and Print-O-Tape have won a multi-year contract to supply Hong Kong International Airport with up to 70 million RFID enabled IATA standard 21 inches RFID baggage tracking tags.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) awarded a three-year contract to Motorola, with an option for a fourth year, extending their longstanding relationship. Motorola supplied hardware and tags, and implemented the radio frequency identification (RFID) project at Hong Kong International Airport in 2005.

According to Motorola, unlike bar code-only tags, which require the scanner to be in the line of sight to read the tag, the EPC Gen2-enabled RFID bag tags can be read at long distances and without direct contact. The RFID system is also said to be more reliable, achieving average read-rates of more than 97%, versus 80% from a bar code-only system.

CK Ng, deputy director of airport operations at Airport Authority Hong Kong, said: To maintain its position as a premier regional and international aviation centre, HKIA is committed to providing our passengers with pleasant, hassle-free services and state-of-the-art facilities. The application of RFID is also another testament to our continuous efforts to achieve service excellence. We awarded the contract to Motorola because of the proven track record of reliability, and the outstanding quality of its support.

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