An Inventory Management System is a System by which the goods and other resources can be tracked and processed. Inventory management has been useful in many business companies and is extensively studied.
Our Project deals with developing an Inventory management system for the Airports Authority of India(AAI) and it deals with the management of baggage of passengers that get lost or misplaced at airports and returning it back to the passengers.
Every Year as many as 25 Million Baggages get misplaced or lost every year globally. The implementation of this system will be a better solution to manage inventory and keep track of baggage using QR.
What are QR Codes:
Quick response codes are a type of two-dimensional barcode developed by Denso Wave in 1994. As a way of holding information in two dimensions (horizontally and vertically), they are sternly described as a matrix code than barcodes. They can embed a lot of information and data as compared to a normal barcode within a limited space.
As barcodes store information horizontally they are one-dimensional. QR-codes are also known as bi-dimensional barcodes that can be read by smartphone barcode readers in any direction.
Drawbacks in Existing Systems:
The Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) which is in charge of airport security at all commercial airports in India, has a section on their website called the “Lost & Found”, which helps travelers to trace the baggage which they missed from an airport.
Here is how you can check it online :
Visit CISF website (www.cisf.gov.in)
Click on the “Lost & Found at Airport & Delhi Metro” link
On the next page, click on “Airports”
On the next page, select your Airport from the drop-down list
Select your Date of Travel and click on “Go”
A list of all Lost & Found items will be shown as well as contact details to collect the item
The lost and found item may be claimed by the owner and should be in possession of the following documents:
Copy of Boarding pass/proof of journey
Copy of Passport / ID card issued by any Government Unit
Details of the items being claimed.
If the owner cannot be present, an authorized person can claim with a Letter of authorization from the owner, Copy of Boarding pass/proof of journey, Photo ID of the owner, and Photo ID of the authorized person.
As we can see the above existing system is not so customer friendly. There are a lot of gaps such as:-
Not every person knows about the procedure to find their lost bags.
It might not always be possible to reproduce all the required documents for occupying the lost bags.
If the owner of the bags contacts the airport after the stipulated waiting time for airports he/she might never get the bag.
Sometimes, there are chances of false claims for baggage.
What is our system about?
Looking at the drawbacks of the existing system, we have tried to cover the missing features in our system and make it easier to use and efficient. If a person has no idea what to do in case his/her baggage is lost we’ve created a separate tutorial for them.
If in case the person doesn’t have any of the required documents he/she can submit his/her any of the address proof. And also there would be a proper investigation for every baggage claim so that there wouldn’t be any false claim.
We will be using QR code for storing and retrieving the baggage information. Because QR can be read in both directions, vertically as well as horizontally they are more efficient and can store a significant amount of information.
We can conclude that the existing systems for the retrieval of lost baggage are very inefficient and there is a need for a newer and more efficient system. Using QR Codes can be the answer to this problem as they can be used to embed information about passengers in an encrypted format thus making it easy to find out who lost the baggage.