Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will get 70 million radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking tags, after signing a number of multi-year contracts.

Motorola, Avery Dennison RFID and Print-O-Tape have been chosen to supply RFID-enabled International Air Transport Association standard baggage tracking tags.

Airport Authority Hong Kong deputy director for airport operations C K Ng said: “The application of RFID is another testament to our continuous efforts to achieve service excellence.”

Unlike barcode-only tags, which require the scanner to be in the line of sight to read the tag, the EPC Gen2-enabled RFID bag tags can be read at long distances and without direct contact.

This will enable the airport to enhance the reliability and efficiency of its baggage handling system.