Lost Luggage? If You Had A Trakdot In Your Bag You Would Know Where It Is

Losing your luggage sucks, but the worst part about it, is being told that your airline doesn't know where it is. Trakdot is a little battery-powered gadget that you can throw in your bag. When you land, just check your phone and you'll know whether your bag landed with you.

Tracdot has a built-in GSM chip — no GPS here — to find your bags location with very low power consumption. (It's approved by the FAA for travel, by the way.) For $US13 a year, you get setup with the company's service that sends you alerts on SMS or via the Trakdot smartphone app. It costs 50 bucks, which is nothing compared to the cost of piece of mind. [Trakdot]

Los Angeles – January 7, 2013 – According to the SITA, nearly 26 million bags go missing each year from airports around the world. Air travelers concerned about their valuables now have a simple, affordable luggage tracking solution from Trakdot™. The Trakdot Luggage tracker fits into a checked bag and reports city location in real time to any mobile, Apple, Android, or SMS capable devices. For the first time, Trakdot Luggage gives airline passengers unprecedented control at a wallet-friendly price, allowing them to keep track of checked-in luggage anywhere mobile phones work.
Trakdot Luggage is built for travel convenience, with a palm-sized tracker that is ultra-light and fits easily into any size bag. The luggage locator system delivers city-specific information on the whereabouts of checked baggage in real time. Even if the Trakdot protected bag does not reach the desired destination, passengers will still have the reassurance of knowing which city their luggage is in.
Once the device is registered on the Trakdot website and placed inside a checked bag, it will deliver location information directly to the user’s mobile phone or SMS device via text or email. Alternatively, travelers can track their luggage on Trakdot.com or use the free Trakdot Luggage app. An additional app alerts passengers as their baggage approaches on the carousel, making it easier than ever for them to find their bag.
“A recent passenger survey from the International Air Transport Association showed that 81% of travelers are interested in tracking their bags in real time,” explains CEO Harry Steck. “Trakdot Luggage empowers travelers to do just that, with a revolutionary product that is inexpensive as well as simple and convenient to use.”
The retail package includes the Trakdot Luggage device, luggage tag, and batteries. It works globally with any cell phone or SMS enabled device for a low annual price. Each device can be linked to multiple phones, and each phone can track multiple devices (as with family applications). For added convenience, Trakdot Luggage owners can track or locate bags on the web at www.Trakdot.com using a secure log-in.


Comments

    Interesting device. Would possibly order one if I could find them on the web somewhere. (Apparently, Google is not GlobalTrac's friend. )

    Like virt said, it looks like a very interesting device with reasonable costs. My only concern is while the FAA are aware of this and okay with it, more than likely it has not filtered down to TSA agents. I can just imagine all the trouble you would go through if they found one of these in your luggage...

    'Sir, I need you to step over here into this booth."

    I wont how accurate its position is without GPS.

      accurate enough to know which city its in at least... which is all i would care about :)

    so i cant use my phone on the plane.. but this GSM device is ok....

    If it has a GSM device.... why can't it have a GPS chip that is only activated in case it's needed.
    I guess you would probably struggle getting a GPS lock inside an airport, but if someone else takes your bag.... well then you could hunt them down.
    In any case it's a pretty good idea for an affordable price. Would suit a frequent traveller more I guess, unless they have some "pay per trip" options.

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