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03 March 2009
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus presents innovative use of RFID in airline catering at CeBIT Expo in Hannover

Airbus is highlighting its position as innovation leader at this year's CeBIT Expo in Hannover by presenting intelligent catering solutions using RFID. Cost effective catering logistics have become a true competitive advantage for airlines and caterers. Airbus is leading the three year research and technology project iC-RFID "Intelligent Catering via RFID", which focuses on improving the effectiveness of the entire process chain from the caterer to the airline passenger.



RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) allows automatic identification, locating and tracking of objects by means of electro-magnetic waves. Airbus and its research partners adapted this technology to enhance the logistic chain for aircraft catering by labeling and monitoring all goods moved to or from an aircraft.



In addition, Airbus proposes ways to improve service quality by using RFID to identify items on the menu and communicating their cooking program directly to the oven. This ensures that the food-preparation time is more efficient as well as that the food reaches the passenger in its most delicious condition.



The booth of Airbus and its research partners at the CeBIT Expo is in Hall No. B17 in Hall 7.

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