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Kenzi introduces new tracking technology in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi-based firm Kenzi Technology has teamed up with US company Inkode to launch a new luggage tracking technology in the Middle East.

Abu Dhabi-based firm Kenzi Technology has teamed up with US company Inkode to launch a new luggage tracking technology in the Middle East.

Inkode is working with Kenzi on the regional launch of its chipless remote identification system (CRIS) technology, which uses radio frequency to track bags.

Speaking to ITP.net from the Dubai Airport Show, where the two companies are promoting the technology, Kenzi Technology CEO Madhu Sethi explained that the CRIS differs from standard tracking technology because it works without a chip.

“Most of the tracking devices are using RFID chips, a physical chip that gets placed in a device or a piece of plastic. This is doing the same thing without the benefit of a chip,” he said.

This helps both to reduce cost and is also more secure as many chips can be hacked, according to Sethi.

Kenzi is planning to do a pilot of the technology at Abu Dhabi airport, and is talking to governments in the region for use of the technology in ID cards and passports, Sethi revealed. “In the next 30 days, we will hopefully sign a contract for a pilot,” he said.

Using the technology could bring airlines savings of ‘millions of dollars’, according to Sethi, as the system enables airlines to track passengers’ movements throughout the airport therefore cutting down on delayed flights and lost luggage.

Lost luggage costs global airlines over US$2 billion a year, according to the security solution provider.

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