In June 2023, Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport introduced self-baggage drop kiosks at the airport premises. The facility was made available at Terminal 2. Following the footsteps of its neighbour airport, Hyderabad Airport has also commissioned similar machines from German company Materna IPS.
Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport earlier tied up with Materna IPS for more than 50 self-service systems. Till date, the airport authority has received deliveries of 62 machines. Out of this, 14 have been put to work. Remaining machines are under process to receive clearance for commissioning. IndiGo & Vistara passengers were the first ones to enjoy services of this new machines.
How Does This Machines Work?
The self-service kiosks can be customized to meet the specific needs of each airport and are designed in a modular fashion. Hyderabad International Airport Authorities made the decision to use the 2-step procedure, which divides the baggage drop off into two distinct procedures, in order to shorten wait times.
The self-service systems have shutter doors and tub dispensers for a safe and easy bag drop. Each piece of luggage that must be laid down in a tub before entering the airport’s baggage handling system (BHS) is identified by built-in scanners. Therefore, the SBD application will advise users to utilize a tub for large bags or strollers. For convenience, the tubs are conveniently located adjacent to the self-bag drop (SBD). The shutter doors ensure that only authorized luggage is allowed entry into the BHS by separating the collecting belt from the insertion and verification belts.
Managing Director of Materna IPS, Dr Georg Oschmann said : With this significant project, Materna IPS is stepping up its commercial operations in the Indian market and emphasizing the value of self-service options for efficient baggage handling, particularly during periods when traveler numbers are rising to all-time highs.
Bengaluru Airport Commissioning
In February 2023, Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport Terminal 2 started commercial operations. The airport signed an agreement with Materna IPS for Self-Baggage Drop Machines. In July 2023, the airport announced commissioning of 34 Self bag Drop Systems at the airport premises.
The machines were equipped with artificial intelligence-based dimensional and conveyability detection to ensure smooth and secure a baggage drop.
Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the operator of BLR Airport chose the supplier based on their successful collaboration in the past, as in 2019, Materna IPS implemented its self-service solutions in the airport’s Terminal 1.