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BAGGAGE TECHNOLOGY                            paper boarding passes, it also speeds         type, elevation, noise level, and wheth-        airport use;
      • Quick Drop-Off. Air Canada            up the security check-in process, says        er the aircraft is arriving or departing.            • Internet Airshows. LiveAirShowTV
has implemented a check-in and bag-           a company press release. American             Anyone with Internet access can replay          has announced its first Internet broad-
gage drop-off process for its customers       Airlines implemented paperless board-         historical flight activity and, if they wish,   cast of an air show, the Barksdale Air
departing London Heathrow Airport by          ing capabilities at Chicago O’Hare, LAX,      register a comment or concern about a           Show. The company worked in con-
using technology that combines kiosk          and John Wayne Orange County Airport          particular flight;                   junction with public affairs personnel
check-in and self-tagging options with        last year;                              • Flight Activity Reporting. Lochard       and local television professionals; www.
baggage drop-off at designated coun-                                                        has launched FlightOps, a web-based   
ters. Currently available at Air Canada’s     ENVIRONMENT                                   application developed to help users track
Toronto and Vancouver hubs, the sys-               • Energy Efficiency. Optimum             and record detailed aircraft operations
tem allows passengers to drop off bags        Energy has announced the successful           for airport master planning, billing, main-
in less than 30 minutes, the company          implementation of its heating , ventilat-     tenance, and marketing; and to manage                                  Compiled by
says. Using Brock Solutions’ SmartDrop        ing, and air conditioning (HVAC) opti-        the impact by responding to the commu-                                 assistant editor
software, the drop-off process is a secure    mization software at the Mineta San Jose      nity, according to the company. Aircraft                               Brad McAllister;
transaction involving scanning the pas-       International Airport (SJC). In the first     flight tracks are overlaid and replayed on                             reach him at Brad.
senger’s boarding pass and each bag tag;      five months of operation, SJC has saved       simplified street and satellite maps, while                            McAllister@                        more than 235,000 kWh of electricity and      all aircraft operations data are batched                     
      • World’s Smallest Kiosks. SITA,        more than $35,000 in operating expens-        and reported on a daily and monthly
specialist in air transport communica-        es, a 47 percent reduction, according to      basis to help track and report growth and
tion and IT solutions, has launched           the company; www.optimumenergy-
the world’s smallest full-function check-
in kiosk called the AirportConnect S3
Kiosk. The 64-kg kiosk has the smallest       SECURITY
carbon footprint in the industry with a            • Checkpoint System. Reveal Imaging
printer that can issue up to 5,300 board-     Technologies, developer of threat detec-
ing passes from a single roll, as well as     ti
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