An automated baggage handling system (BHS) is a major investment for an airport. The baggage flow is unbelievably fast. The BHS should not be out of operation, not even for a few minutes. Any disturbance by accidents or deviating baggage must be avoided.
The response time should be short, when a disturbance threatens operating the automated baggage handling system. At the same time it is very important to get informed about the problem location, the cause of the alarm, etc. A real-time visual image of the spot is also very helpful. Data should remain available for evaluation purposes afterwards.
Affordable 3D-cameras may identify the dimensions of objects. The moving objects may be distinguished from the static background by image analysis. The objects may be classified into categories according to aviation standards. This approach opens the possibility to signal anomalous objects including people. Thresholds should be adjustable.
Last but not least there should be a back-office with technical engineers. They should solve the hard problems, if any. They should also deduce major product improvements from hands-on experience. Future progress should be incubated.
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