International Journal of Advances in Computer Science and Its Applications
Author(s) : ATUL KUMAR SRIVASTAVA, SUNEETA AGARWAL
One-dimensional (1D) barcode stores data in only one direction (horizontally), whereas in two-dimensional (2D) barcode, data is stored in both the directions (horizontally and vertically). Also, the amount of data that can be stored in 2D barcode is significantly greater than that stored in a 1D barcode. Here, we propose an approach for Baggage Management at Airport using 2D barcode for the first time, so that the baggage(s) of two passengers looking alike will not be interchanged and also misplaced or lost baggage(s) can be handled properly. This approach is also beneficial for the authentication of ticket, boarding pass as well as baggage(s) with the minimum use of the database. For the authentication, we use a unique ID like passport number, PAN number, etc., which is encrypted with a master key (issued by the Airport Authority) in the ticket barcode (encrypted 2D barcode on the ticket), boarding pass barcode (encrypted 2D barcode on boarding pass) and baggage(s) barcode (encrypted 2D barcode affixed on baggage(s)). At the time of check-out, this ID is extracted from the boarding pass barcode and the baggage(s) barcode. The Passenger is allowed to leave with baggage(s) only when ID from both the barcodes is same, otherwise not. If the baggage(s) is/are lost, the passenger has to produce missing baggage barcode (issued when passenger register a complaint for the same) in addition to baggage(s) barcode, at the time of check-out, so that he/she is allowed to leave. For the misplaced/lost baggage(s), authorized person will decrypt the barcode affixed on it to retrieve the contact and boarding details of the owner, so that it can be handed over to the right airport and then to the right person. For encryption and decryption of the barcode, the same master key is used everywhere. Here we use, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) scheme for encryption/decryption and for the barcode we use Quick Response (QR) Code.