Line Of Sight- RFID In Aviation
by Saravanan Rajarajan | 2 min read
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is being implemented in almost all industries and Aviation is no exception as almost every key asset is Mobile.ATA has brought amendment to the Chapter 9 of SPEC 2000 to incorporate the RFID standards in Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) standards.FAA also mandates the tags in aviation should comply with AS5678.
Major OEM/ Airlines /MRO’s globally are investing to reap the benefits of RFID technology especially in the Part tracking areas. As the technology is evolving RFID projects are taken on Pilot basis in niche area like Cabin emergency items which will provide the ROI in shorter duration. Tags used are majorly Passive tags with the key data storedare Manufacture CAGE code, Part #,Serial #, Date of Manufacture and country of manufacture however high memory formats in addition to the above also stores the full birth record, Part History and Current mechanic comments as well in line with ATA 2000 part marking standards.
Following areas has proven to offer high potential for Airlines/MRO for RFID applications
As OEM are moving towards the harvesting the tag during the manufacture itself complying to the safety standards and Organizations developing the RFID related hardware and software are continuously focusing on making the tags to meet the demanding operational / Regulatory conditions , Airlines and MRO will have a significant potential to reduce cost and increase efficiency by embracing the RFID .
High performance tags offer the following benefits
Moreover the real benefit to the organizations as a whole can be achieved if the RFID data is seamlessly interfaces with the existing ERO/MRO systems to build an ecosystem which will increase the data accuracy and well as on time information for better decision making.