Smart luggage tags are charged remotely

Smart luggage tags are charged remotely

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By Nick Flaherty

Bristish Airways is rollng out smart luggage tags that can be recharged at a distance.

The ViewTag Electronic Bag Tag (EBT) system uses the Powerharvester chipset developed by Powercast for radio-frequency (RF)-based long-range wireless power recharging.

The digital ViewTag snaps onto luggage and allows customers to tag their own bags, reducing their airport check-in experience to a simple bag drop. British Airways passengers can use their Bluetooth-enabled phone and the airline’s app to check-in, get their boarding pass and synchronize their itinerary to their tag. Passengers can also easily transfer the tag between bags. More airlines are expected to launch the smart luggage tags in 2020.

The ViewTag smart luggage tag is equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a digital display, a lithium battery, and the Powerharvester chipset. This consists of a wireless power RF-to-DC converter chip and boost converter IC, keeping the tag dormant until it detects and harvests RF energy over the air from nearby airport RFID scanning equipment, at which time it updates the screen with the passenger’s itinerary. The tag is capable of over 3000 itinerary updates.

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