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November 14, 2016

SITA develops automatic baggage robot Leo

SITA's automated baggage robot Leo has been put on display at the main COP22 convention centre in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco.

SITA's automated baggage robot Leo has been put on display at the main COP22 convention centre in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco.

The robot is being hosted by Royal Air Maroc, Morocco’s national carrier, and will be on display from 7-16 November.

Leo will then be moved to Marrakech Manara Airport and Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, where it will help delegates flying with Royal Air Maroc to check-in their bags.

The baggage robot will remain in Morocco until 27 November, where the national airline will carry out several airport trials using the robot.

SITA president for Middle East, India and Africa Hani El-Assaad said: “Through the innovative work of the SITA Lab we are able to tackle some of the key challenges that face airlines and airports today.

"Through the innovative work of the SITA Lab we are able to tackle some of the key challenges that face airlines and airports today."

“Leo demonstrates that technologies such as robotics can help the air transport industry manage the growth in traffic in a more sustainable way while offering passengers an unencumbered journey through the airport and onto the aircraft.”

Leo is a fully autonomous, self-propelling baggage robot that can check in, print bag tags and transport up to two suitcases with a maximum weight of 32kg.

It is equipped with obstacle avoidance capabilities and can operate in a high-traffic environment.

Passengers can touch Leo’s Scan&Fly bag drop interface to open its baggage compartment doors, where they can store and check-in their luggage.

After the bags are loaded and tagged, Leo displays the boarding gate and departure time, and transports the bag directly to the baggage handling area.


Image: SITA’s Leo baggage robot. Photo: courtesy of SITA.

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