Matrics Wins Contract With Las Vegas Airport


Matrics Inc. has been awarded a contract by McCarran International Airport to supply radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for use in tracking passenger bags.

The new system, to be operational in 2004, will automatically track all passenger bags through inline explosive detection and screening equipment, ensuring safe passage for the airport’s millions of customers. Using RFID tags supports the Transportation Security Administration’s objective to screen all passenger baggage. “This becomes a win for all concerned: the traveler, the airport, the TSA and the airline by reducing the incidence of lost or mishandled bags while ensuring screened bags are delivered to the right place at the right time,” says Randall H. Walker, director of aviation at McCarran.

FKI Logistex, based in Danville, Kent., will provide the system architecture and integration under a separate agreement. The new, automated system will provide McCarran with end-to-end baggage visibility. RFID tags will be printed and attached at the ticket counter or curbside. Each tag will carry a unique identifier and will be read while the bag is being transported on conveyors to route them to the appropriate screening machines and then to the specific plane for flight.

Under the terms of the five-year contract, Matrics will supply nearly 100 million passive, non-battery UHF disposable tags. The value of the contract, including the RFID infrastructure for the new baggage handling facility, is approximately $25 million.

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