PREVIEW: TUMI Global Locator

#MWC2016, Barcelona: New wireless tracking device that gives you real-time data on the exact location of your luggage

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Usually we wing it. We all know bags get lost in airports – it’s happened to most of us at least once – but new technology on show at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress recently, which suggests that, soon, travellers won’t have to take any chances.

Well connected

TUMI’s collaboration with LugTrack (hardware) and AT&T (connectivity) is a device designed to fit in any bag, briefcase, backpack, luggage, or accessory. It’s wireless and compact, it uses a 3G phone signal, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth tech to provide specific location positioning information via a smartphone app used anywhere in the world. “Travellers worldwide can now lead a more connected life while on-the-go,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T Mobility. AT&T already offers a similar global coverage-capable device to art dealers and others hipping high-value products around the world.

Flight-safe mode

Obviously it doesn’t spit-out signals while at 35,000 ft. It’s able to shut itself off in-flight and turn itself back on upon landing. “In today’s digital world of connected devices, smartphones, and tablets, we saw a great opportunity to support consumers’ desire to remain connected to all parts of their lives, including their luggage and bags they use day-to-day,” says TUMI’s Chief Executive Officer and President, Jerome Griffith. It was only going to be a matter of time before the Internet of Things (IoT) came to travel.