Denver International Airport (DEN) inaugurates the largest self-contained baggage drop (SBD) facility in the United States in cooperation with Materna IPS, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines


Denver International Airport (DEN) has successfully completed Phase 1 of its Great Hall project. The newly refurbished Level 6 received rave reviews from passengers and airline staff ahead of the travel season, especially praising the user-friendliness of the 86 new automatic bag deposit systems (SBDs) developed by Materna IPS. .

With more than 73 million passengers expected to pass through DEN in 2022, the opening of the 86 automatic baggage drop systems is perfectly aligned with the vast technological redevelopment of the airport; and is designed to provide passengers with the best check-in experience, including the ability to check-in oversized baggage, such as skis and snowboards. The unique hybrid baggage drops are also equipped with counters and can be operated by airline staff when needed. This gives the airport increased flexibility to meet growing demand. Materna IPS has developed the self-service systems according to the exact requirements of the airport with various partners and equipped them with state-of-the-art technology.

Denver Intl Airport

This project is the largest and most extensive Hybrid Automatic Bag Drop (SBD) facility in the United States. The systems went into service with Southwest Airlines in early November 2021, followed by United Airlines a week later. In the first two weeks, more than 35,000 bags were processed with the new integrated automatic baggage handling system. Materna IPS systems were able to reduce the average passenger transaction time at DEN by almost 50% during this period.

In addition to the hardware solution, Southwest Airlines will use the Materna IPS SBD app to operate the new automated baggage handling process. Materna IPS will also be responsible for hosting the automatic bag deposit system in the AWS cloud where the availability and functionality of the SBD units are constantly monitored.

With the remarkably successful implementation of this major project at Denver International Airport, Materna IPS continues to strengthen its leadership position in the US market and expand its international growth. Gary McDonald, President of Materna IPS USA, reiterates: “Everyone involved is absolutely honored to be a part of this incredible, revolutionary and innovative project that is revolutionizing the handling of passengers in the United States at one of the busiest airports in the world. .

About Materna IPS USA Corp.
Materna IPS USA Corp. based in Orlando, Florida, as one of the most renowned suppliers to airports and airlines worldwide, offers solutions for automated passenger processing at airports. The company’s product and service portfolio includes hardware and software implementations as well as service and maintenance. Materna IPS USA is part of Materna IPS GmbH – a 100% subsidiary of the Materna group – headquartered in Germany. International branches in the United States, Canada, India and the United Kingdom allow Materna IPS to support its clients individually and to react quickly and professionally to market demands. The Materna Group currently employs more than 2,600 people worldwide and generated sales of more than a third of a billion dollars in 2020

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More information:
Gary McDonald
President, Americas
Materna IPS United States
5323, boulevard Millenia Lakes, suite 300
Orlando, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 619-724-9280
Email: [email protected]

Press contact:
Jana Eull
Marketing Director
Materna IPS GmbH
Vosskuhle 37, 44141 Dortmund
Telephone: +49 (231) 5599-8691
Email: [email protected]


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