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Bergen Airport to leverage BLIP Systems' technology to reduce wait times ••• RAIN RFID Alliance announces retail brands worldwide adopting UHF RFID ••• Schreiner ProTech intros RFID label for container management ••• CEVA's Bluetooth 5 Low Energy IP certified with Ellisys' Bluetooth compliance tester ••• Global Net Solutions Offers IoT badge-based security system ••• Runtime announces commercial support for Thread ••• CAEN RFID releases Bluetooth UHF RFID key fob reader.
By Rich Handley
Jan 10, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Bergen Airport, BLIP Systems; the RAIN RFID Alliance; Schreiner ProTech; CEVA, Ellisys; Global Net Solutions; Runtime; and CAEN RFID.

Bergen Airport to Leverage BLIP Systems' Technology to Reduce Wait Times

Bergen Airport (Avinor), Norway's second busiest airport, which serves more than six million passengers annually, has adopted BLIP Systems' BlipTrack queue-management solution to measure and predict how many people stand in line and for how long. The detailed, minute-by-minute measurements and prediction insights provided, according to the airport, will help it to better comply with service-level agreements and minimize queue build-up, in order to improve passengers' airport experience.

"We want to make travelling easier for our passengers," said Øystein Skaar, Bergen Airport's director, in a prepared statement. "The implementation of BlipTrack will help to ensure that passengers experience a quick and easy passage through this stage of the journey, and significantly increase the opportunity for a positive experience throughout the airport."

The airport recently opened a new terminal with the capacity for serving up to 10 million passengers a year. The BlipTrack system will provide the airport with both live and empirical data insights into passenger queue and dwell times. It will enable the airport to monitor queue line density at the security checkpoint, allowing management to respond promptly and effectively to irregular operations and disruptions—for example, by opening additional lines. In addition, the airport plans to share that wait-time information with passengers, which will reduce stress levels associated with queuing by creating realistic expectations.

"With the new installation at Bergen Airport, BlipTrack has proven to be an effective platform to provide visibility on resource effectiveness for greater processing efficiency and improved passenger experience," said Preben Andersen, BLIP Systems' sales manager, in the prepared statement. "We look forward to continuing to be part of Avinor's ongoing plan in having Europe's most progressive and service-minded airports."

The solution at Bergen will consist of Wi-Fi device-detecting sensors, which will be placed around the security process. By identifying the devices as they pass multiple sensors, the airport will be able to ensure that specific and accurate statistical information, such as queue times, dwell times and movement patterns, will become available, without requiring active interaction from passengers.

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