Alstef Group BagXone trial reaches next stage

Part of an AirportLAB experiment since 2021, Alstef’s BagXone has reached the next stage of the pilot.

The BagXone automated guided vehicle (AGV), which Alstef says is the fastest on the market, has been trialled at Rennes Bretagne Airport (Rennes Airport). Created by Proavia, AirportLAB allows member companies to trial their innovations in a real airport context.

This agreement between Alstef Group and Rennes Airport (whose two shareholders are the Ille-et-Vilaine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Vinci Airports) has several phases. The first, which took place in 2021, involved the operational testing of a BagXone in the baggage delivery room at the reclaim area. Functionalities tested included target and contour navigation, speed, security, baggage pick-up/drop-off on conveyors, and bypassing.

A framework was set up to facilitate the exchange of technical information between the airport and Alstef Group’s Mordelles-based AGV expertise centre, a few kilometres from the airport.

At the beginning of 2022 the successful outcome of this first phase was shared with the airport management and the teams involved, leading to the continuation of the trial and progression to the final phase. Next comes the operational testing of the latest BagXone developments, which will take place later this year.

As an extension of the trial, Alstef Group will implement the first operational installation of BagXone at Belgrade Airport, Serbia, which is also managed by Vinci Airports. BagXone will be in operation at the airport by the end of 2022, and forms part of a broader baggage system upgrade contract signed at the end of last year with Vinci Constructions Grands Projets. BAGXone will perform the transfer of post-screening suspect baggage to the search room and then facilitate its return (after verification) to the final sorting area.