Former competitors One Bag Tag and BagTag have announced that they are to cooperate, offering the world’s first multi-solution electric bag-tag platform.
Since 2014, Netherlands-based BagTag has led the way in digital baggage tag software and hardware, which is today used by multiple major airlines across the world. New York City’s One Bag Tag, meanwhile, has focused on affordable yet pioneering hardware, creating the world’s first battery-free electronic baggage tag (EBT) platform.
“For years now, passengers of several airlines worldwide have been enjoying the great benefits of electronic bag tags. The concept is now rapidly maturing, with many new airlines planning to launch EBT capabilities by the end of 2019,” said Zach Bielak, CTO of One Bag Tag.
The new platform, BagTag Bridge, lets passengers choose between different electronic baggage tags and use them across various airlines around the world. Developed and managed by BagTag, it is designed to easily and securely integrate with airlines’ existing systems. Airlines that connect to BagTag Bridge enable their passengers to choose the EBT that fits their needs best, and then use that EBT on any airline in the Bridge network.
“Looking forward, passengers must be able to use the EBT of their choice across the world and on different airlines. The only way to achieve this is to cooperate with both airlines and EBT manufacturers. We are proud to introduce BagTag Bridge with One Bag Tag as our inaugural partner,” said Jasper Quak, managing director of BagTag.
BagTag Bridge will initially host One Bag Tag’s battery-free tag, as well as BagTag’s own EBT device. Both products attach to any suitcase and sync with a smartphone to digitally display the next trip’s barcode. They also feature integrated RFID chips for enhanced tracking.