If you’ve never had that painstaking experience of the airline losing your bag I’m sure you’ve at least heard one horror story of it happening to someone you know. Thanks to AT&T Foundry and TUMI, not knowing where your bag is could be a thing of the past. Their latest collaboration has created the TUMI Global Locator, a sensor capable of near real time tracking of your luggage compliant with all applicable government and industry standards.
In 2016 alone over 21.6 million bags were misplaced. That means for every 1,000 passengers 5.7 bags went missing. This compact device measuring 4.33 x 2.55 x 0.83 inches and weighing only 150 grams, looks to put the control back in your hands for keeping track of your luggage. No longer will you have to rely on the airport to determine what vacation they sent your luggage on.
The TUMI Global Locator sends tracking information every 20-30 minutes keeping a history of where your bag has been. While also keeping in compliance with FAA regulations powering down at take off and entering sleep mode until the plane lands. If you’re worried about the security of the device and let’s face it these days you should always be concerned about security. TUMI ensures that the Global Locator employs state-of-the-art layers of firewalls, specific authorization protocols, and encryption.
Not all bags are misplaced by airports though. Sometimes luggage is misplaced by more nefarious means. The TUMI Global Locator comes in handy here as well, by offering a Proximity and Hotel mode. Proximity mode works via Bluetooth and will alert you if your bag leaves your personal space. While Hotel mode allows you to set a home base for your bag notifying you if it has been moved. Nothing can be worse than having your bag stolen and trying to track down your bag while away for business or on your vacation. Now you can be certain if your bag is swiped.
This is just another way the IoT market is making our lives better and more convenient. Finding ways to use technology in new innovative ways to solve everyday problems. Of course, this isn’t going to stop your bag from ending up in some far off location away from your destination. It will, however, guarantee your bag doesn’t end up lost, giving you the best chance of being reunited with luggage. The TUMI Global Locator can be purchased through the TUMI website for $200 starting today. The price includes one year of free tracking after which annual plans can be purchased through the TUMI website.
NEW YORK, July 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TUMI, the leading global travel lifestyle brand, and AT&T, a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT), announced today the launch of the TUMI Global Locator, a wireless tracking device designed to provide travellers with location-specific positioning information regarding the whereabouts of their luggage and travel bags.
Housed in a sleek, compact body, measuring 4.33 x 2.55 x 0.83 inches and weighing 150 grams, TUMI’s Global Locator uses GPS, GSM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology to track the location of the luggage or bag in which it has been placed. The device delivers real-time data, via the free mobile application available for both Android and iOS devices.
The hardware and patented technology for the device was designed and developed by LugTrack, a New Jersey-based technology company.
In 2016, more than 21.6 million bags were mishandled globally1, meaning 5.7 bags were lost per 1,000 passengers. While airports and airlines are investing in technology to track luggage under their respective jurisdictions, the TUMI Global Locator puts the power into customers’ hands, providing tracking ability from the second a journey begins.
“TUMI has long been a trailblazer in global travel, providing consumers with stylish, innovative and effective solutions. We understand that one of the most stressful parts of any journey is the risk of losing your luggage, be that temporarily or permanently. The goal of the TUMI Global Locator is to make this a concern of the past, giving our customers a peace of mind and ensuring a more enjoyable travel experience. TUMI’s Global Locator embodies all this with the focus on safeguarding our customers’ belongings,” said Rob Cooper, General Manager, North America, TUMI.
Joe Mosele, Vice President of Business Development, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T, which provides global connectivity for the device, said, “As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, consumers and businesses have a desire to remain connected in a bigger way than ever before, regardless of whether they are at home or on the go. By providing connectivity for the TUMI Global Locator, AT&T lets travellers around the world remain tapped into a more connected life.”
Through its Accelerometer sensor technology, the Global Locator operates with four alternative modes: Travel Mode, Sleep Mode, Hotel Mode and Proximity.
TRAVEL MODE automatically tracks a bag’s location every 20-30 minutes and builds a history of where a bag has been. In compliance with FAA requirements, the Global Locator powers-down upon take off to remain in an idle state during flight. Upon landing, the locator automatically wakes up and sends a notification to the connected device, informing the user of the bag’s location.
While the device automatically enters SLEEP MODE during flight, the user also has the option to activate Sleep Mode at any time. The TUMI Global Locator will wake up on landing or after a short duration if not in flight.
HOTEL MODE allows the user to ensure the bag containing the Global Locator stays in one location, by recognizing the designated location as its ‘Home Base’. The TUMI Global Locator will then alert the user should the bag move from this location.
PROXIMITY MODE uses Bluetooth technology to allow the user to tether the bag containing the TUMI Global Locator to a connected device, such as a mobile phone. In the event of an unexpected movement, the connected device then receives an alert.
TUMI’s Global Locator has been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Radio Frequency Testing while also employing the highest level of security standards that exist in the market today. All personal information is fully protected by the highest state-of-the-art layers of firewalls, specific authorization protocols and encryption.
The TUMI Global Locator retails for USD 200 in TUMI stores and online at www.TUMI.com. This price includes one year of wireless location tracking service, which commences from the date of purchase. Annual service plan renewals will be available at www.TUMI.com
For a preview of the TUMI Global Locator, please visit: http://www.tumi.com/s/tumigloballocator.
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LugTrack LLC is a leader in the market for high performance global tracking technology. Pioneering innovation in a world of smart luggage, LugTrack develops problem solving technologies that create peace of mind for the travelling public. A portable device, the locator can be packed in any type bag, and shared amongst family & friends, allowing freedom of choice for smart travel needs.
For more about LugTrack, visit www.lugtrack.com