Germany-based Siemens Logistics has introduced a new version of its baggage handling and airport operations software called Baggage 360.

Baggage 360 offers real-time baggage flow estimation, an interactive map of all airfield movements as well as a resource planning and simulation tool for airports, airlines, and ground handlers.

This software allows airport stakeholders to plan and optimise the deployment of their human resources.

Using cloud technology, the solution provides more Internet of Things (IoT) functionalities and predictions based on artificial intelligence (AI), stated Siemens.

The software is based on MindSphere, Siemens’ open IoT operating system.

Via sensors, it integrates real-world procedures and machines, with the digital world of data analytics and apps.

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Baggage 360 features open interfaces, enabling it to be installed at any airport irrespective of its size or the operating system in use.

In addition, the apps are scalable for businesses to avail additional features as they expand.

Siemens Logistics CEO Michael Reichle said: “The new release of Baggage 360 is an important step toward a digital twin for baggage handling processes.

“The virtual representation of real-time operations helps airports to monitor and manage processes remotely and intuitively. Our pilot customers were impressed by how additional functionalities increased their operational efficiency.”

The company stated that Siemens Baggage 360 includes a suite of applications to provide continuous operations.

It uses advanced AI and machine learning algorithms for predicting expected luggage volumes for the upcoming 24 hours and highlight potential bottlenecks or technical errors.

In a statement, Siemens Logistics said: “Airports, airlines and ground handlers benefit from proactive collaboration, reliable predictions and actionable recommendations to make their processes as efficient as possible.

“For example, the resource planning tool can be used to change a flight’s make-up or laterals assignment to shorten baggage journey time.”

During its trial, the software was found to have boosted the average end-to-end travel times by nine minutes.

Besides, Baggage 360 contributed to 22% lesser left-behind baggage on a single day, resulting in better passenger experience and repatriation cost savings.

In June, Siemens Logistics developed a new belt conveyor, VarioBelt TilterPlus, for moving baggage at airports.