After a long and tiring flight, you go to check out and find the airline has lost your luggage. Imagine being in this position and being able to tell airline personnel exactly where your luggage is! This is a solution offered by a new cellular product called “Trakdot” that will be available on the market from March this year. It is presently in a trial production process.
Reportedly costing about $50, it will be subject to an annual service charge of $12 (~£7.50). The device is packed with your normal luggage and uses cellular signals to communicate its exact position. This enables you to track the device on a website and receive text information regarding your luggage location. The use of cellular signals is preferred to GPS, because with the latter, if there are not adequate sky views, the tracking would be lost.
The device in your luggage uses the location method of communicating with cell towers. This is achieved by a wireless carrier that has established roaming agreements with primary airlines and which permits Trakdot to operate on a worldwide basis. It has been emphasised that the wireless service provider is not a cell phone carrier and is only capable of communicating with the Trakdot system.
The Trakdot goes into shutdown mode during aircraft take-off and landing. Immediately before aircraft lift-off, it enters auto-shutdown and remains so for twenty minutes, after which it engages receive mode only. The device uses double-A batteries and should retain its charge for about three weeks with continuous service. A possible drawback could be that although it should operate in most suitcases, there are concerns related to cases made of metal.
The device was unveiled at the recent Consumer Electronics Show by the manufacturers, “GlobaTrac”. Their CTO Joseph Morgan expressed concern that presently there are no guidelines regarding devices of this nature and their location in the aircraft.
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