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TOPPAN FORMS and Yamato Transport Awarded Grand Prize at 19th Automatic Identification Sytems Awards
Prize Awarded for Utilization of RFID in a Hand Baggage Transport Service for Athletes Departing Japan after the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games, Achieving “Athlete First” Service by Relieving Airport Congestion and Ensuring Zero Flight Delays

September 11, 2017

TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD.

Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.

TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. (headquarterd in Minato-ku, Tokyo; President Koichi Sakata; TOPPAN FORMS hereunder) and Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of YAMATO HOLDINGS CO., LTD. headquartered in Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President Yutaka Nagao; Yamato Transport hereunder) proudly announce that they have been awarded Grand prize at the 19th Automatic Identification Systems Awards.
Yamato Transport provided a hand baggage transport service (*1) at the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games (held in February 2017) that enabled teams of overseas athletes to depart handsfree. The swift and reliable delivery and handing-off of hand baggage to airlines without crowding or confusion helped to ensure that there were zero delays to flights, and achieve the realization of an “athlete first” service.

(*1) YAMATO HOLDINGS CO., LTD. has a patent application pending with regard to this transport service.

About the Automatic Identification Systems Awards

The Automatic Identification Systems Awards are an awards ceremony at which the Japan Automatic Identification Systems Association (JAISA) commends automatic identification-related technologies and systems which are both advanced and remarkably effective, with the objective of promoting the advancement of such technologies and systems, and achieving widespread adoption and enlightenment with regard to them. This occasion marked the 19th time that the ceremony had been held.

Award Details

  • 1. Judging result: Grand prize
  • 2. Topic of entry: Utilization of RFIDs in a “Handsfree Check-in Service” provided by Yamato Transport
  • 3. Outline of service:
    The Organising Committee for the Sapporo Asian Winter Games was faced with the problems of airport congestion and flight delays caused by checking-in of hand baggage at airports due to the conentrated simultaneous departure of athletes. Yamato Transport provided the Committee with a hand baggage transport service that separated the movements of people and baggage. The service utilized RFIDs to obtain arrival logs for both athletes and hand baggage at the airport, allowing hand baggage belonging to athletes whose arrival at the airport had already been confirmed to be systematically handed over to the relevant airline companies. This approach helped to relieve congestion at the airport and contributed to ensuring zero flight delays, as well as reducing effort and stress placed on athletes from the need to check in at the airport while carrying heavy baggage.
    Details of the award will be exhibited at the organizer’s booth at the 19th Auto-ID and Communication Expo (organized by JAISA) to be held at Tokyo Big Sight from September 13 to September 15.
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