Trakdot Luggage Tracker is LoJack for your checked baggage

2013-01-07

The card-sized Trakdot Luggage device will offer travelers the security of knowing exactly where their luggage is – even and especially when it’s nowhere near its intended destination – at any location where a cellphone signal is available. The system works when the Trakdot Luggage Tracker device is stored inside a checked bag, with the device sending out a signal reporting a city-specific location to any mobile, Apple, Android or SMS capable device around the world. Users can opt to receive real-time data via text message, email, or through a special TrakDot Luggage app.
The Tracker’s location is determined using a quad-band GSM chip and triangulation instead of GPS in order to preserve battery power. The device runs on a pair of AA batteries, supplied by the manufacturers on purchase. The Tracker can also recognize the speed in which in which it’s traveling, so once the plane takes off at more than 100 knots, the device will shut itself down to comply with TSA safety protocol while conserving battery. When the speed comes back down below 100 knots, the device turns back on to continue reporting location.