Unisys announced that it had obtained a two-year $11 million contract extension with almost 40 airlines flying to and from Australia for the management of a baggage system at seven international airports.
At check-in, each passenger bag receives a barcode, which is scanned and linked to a passenger record before being loaded onto an aircraft.
If the passengers don't get onto the plane, bags can be identified and recovered. This helps with security, as it means that unaccompanied baggage isn't put onto a flight. The system also helps to prevent processing delays, which enable tight flight schedules.
Unisys manages the network infrastructure and security architecture, training and onsite support, application management and round-the-clock help desk support.
The extension brings the agreement that Unisys has with the airlines up to 2016 for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
Each year, the airlines secure and validate up to 17.5 million bags for 10 million air travellers on flights coming in or out of Australia.
Unisys has also played a part in Qantas' self-service baggage check-in, which uses RFID bag tags called Q bag tags.