Samsonite has announced that it is working with Vodafone to develop its innovative luggage tracking solution, Track&Go.
The company is trialling a new longer battery life and wider range technology called Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) with Vodafone, as an additional option for its Track&Go solution.
Track&Go is a device that can be added to travel bags and suitcases so they can be easily and privately tracked by their owner. According to Samsonite – which is a Platinum Sponsor of Future Travel Experience Europe, which will host the Baggage Innovation Summit – NB-IoT will allow a new generation of telemetry tags to be built, which are less intrusive and more efficient, and use less power to accommodate smaller batteries with a longer life.
The Track&Go solution is based on two principles: proximity alerts and geolocation. “Thanks to the proximity alerts integration, you will instantly receive a smartphone notification when your bag gets out of your range,” Samsonite explained in a release.
“This will enable you to confidently leave your luggage in the dedicated compartment, while still enjoying your trip without any stress…This new proof of concept test with NB-IoT will look into the future possibilities of geolocation. It would make it possible to track your valuables, anytime, anyplace. In case your bag gets lost, you will be able to see its current location and the necessary contact details to get your belongings back, if applicable.”
The release also stated: “The travel industry is very sensitive to safety and security, therefore our primary intention is to be compliant with all airline regulations in place, while bringing a reliable solution for the consumer.”
Samsonite is also working with Accent Systems, which will develop the hardware, and In The Pocket (Digital Product Studio) for the app integration.