Denver International Airport (DEN) has successfully completed the installation of a huge self bag drop (SBD) system.
The system has 86 self bag drops and is part of Phase 1 of Denver’s Great Hall Project.
The self-bag drops are a hybrid and are also equipped with counters that can be operated by airline staff, when needed. This gives the airport increased flexibility to meet growth demand.
The SBDs are designed to allow passengers to check-in over-sized baggage, like skis and snowboards.
At the moment the system is the largest and most extensive hybrid self-bag drop (SBD) installation in the United States. The systems went live with Southwest Airlines early in November 2021 followed by United Airlines a week later.
Within the first two weeks, over 35,000 bags have been processed with the newly integrated automatic baggage handling system.
The SBD installation was announced in November 2018. At that time it was announced as the world’s largest self-bag-drop installation. It was to include 176 hybrid self-bag-drop units and 40 check-in kiosks.
The SBD units are by German based Materna ips.
In addition to the hardware solution, Southwest Airlines will be using the Materna IPS SBD Application to operate the new automated baggage handling process. Materna IPS will also be responsible for hosting the self-bag drop system within the AWS Cloud where the availability and functionality of the SBD units are constantly monitored.
N.B. Image credit: Materna ips