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Smart baggage: A new electronic solution to track your baggage

One of the main concerns that a traveler has to face when boarding a plane is to lose their baggage; unfortunately, there is no way to know the location of it in real time.

Until now.

Recently, a new introduction has been proposed by the Piquadro Company which presents the Black Square, a new collection of baggage that can be easily tracked by means of electronics technology:

“Each Black Square bag comes with a Connequ device inside. It can be connected to your smart phone or watch via Bluetooth so that it can sound the alarm if it’s being moved away from you without your knowledge. The geolocation device allows you to instantly locate your bag if you’ve become separated from it, either because it’s been lost or stolen, meaning an end to studiously keeping watch over your belongings on trains and in other busy locations. Incredibly, the Connequ device is as small as a coin and so fits surreptitiously inside a leather tag. That also means you can keep track of your keys and wallet in the same way, and even make them ring if you can’t see them, which could make just leaving home in the mornings a whole lot simpler. They’ve got even more innovations lined up for the future. Piquadro’s planned Bagmotic technology will mean that you can use your bag to recharge your phone and even to weigh itself, perfect for when you’re about to board a flight.” (Source: GQ)

This innovative bag integrates advantages offered by electronics technology, such as tracking the position of the baggage on the owner’s smartphone/smartwatch by means of a dedicated app and smart IC inserted in such the “smart” baggage (see Figure 1):

“The heart of BAGMOTIC is the Connequ app, available for iOS and Android systems for smartphones and smartwatches. This app handles all available features, depending on the product you are purchasing (trolley, bag, backpack, key ring, battery pack, etc.).

The new Piquadro bags and trolleys are able to:

  • communicate with our smartphone and smartwatch
  • warn us if our bag or trolley is left behind
  • recharge our smartphone or tablet by contact
  • communicate the weight to the app
  • open and close the Bluetooth TSA padlock of the trolley
  • warn us when the charge of the power bank built into the bags runs low
  • switch on the LEDs in the backpacks by touching the smartphone or smartwatch.” (Source: PIQUADRO)
Figure 1

The Connequ app able to track the baggage in real time by mean of electronics devices like smartphones, tablets or smartwatches. (Source: PIQUADRO)

The Connequ app able to track the baggage in real time by mean of electronics devices like smartphones, tablets or smartwatches. (Source: PIQUADRO)

There are more options offered by this solution such as tracking the position of keys or personal devices (cameras, personal computers, etc.) in case of dropping the item as showed in Figure 2:

Figure 2

The CONNEQU tracker 'activates your smartphone/smartwatch ringtone (or sends a pop-up message if otherwise set by the customer). ' (Source PIQUADRO)

The CONNEQU tracker “activates your smartphone/smartwatch ringtone (or sends a pop-up message if otherwise set by the customer). “ (Source PIQUADRO)

Do you find this idea useful? Do you think it will positively impact travelers? Could this solution be effective in tracking baggage at airports or train stations, etc.?

2 comments on “Smart baggage: A new electronic solution to track your baggage

  1. erikm7
    February 20, 2019

    United Airlines baggage information-

    “Effective July 9, 2018, lithium batteries that are installed in any checked or carry-on baggage must be removed by the customer. Once removed, these batteries can be transported on board. Smart bags that do not have a removable battery cannot travel on any United or United Express® flights.”

    American Airlines online baggage information

    “Please remove batteries from devices in your checked bags and put them in your carry-on in separate plastic bags.”

     

    It is and FAA rule.

  2. markgrogan
    April 2, 2019

    This is a good approach to address the issue of missing luggages but there comes the issue of bringing batteries on board flights which power up smart luggages. Without batteries, they are as good as regular luggages so the main goal is contradicted. Perhaps another approach could be a tracking system that does not need a battery to remain functional and trackable.

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