Emirates applies RFID to monitor emergency equipment
With more than 250 aircraft in its fleet, including large models such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777, and around 30 different emergency items on each aircraft, keeping track of emergency equipment represents a large task for Emirates. In order to streamline its tracking operations, the airline has implemented RFID technology.
RFID (radio frequency identification) is a system whereby digital data encoded in RFID tags is captured by reader handsets via radio waves. Other airlines use similar technology, but Emirates says it completes the largest number of RFID scans for inflight emergency equipment on a daily basis. The airline has to keep track of around 133,000 life vests, as well as baby survival cots, defibrillators, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, medical kits, oxygen bottles and generators and protective breathing equipment across the fleet – amounting to around 180,000 emergency equipment items in total. The technology also helps the engineering team maintain emergency equipment across the board with 100% data integrity and compliance, providing accurate inventory forecasts.