AT&T and Tumi, a worldwide travel lifestyle brand, have launched a tracking device that works wirelessly to offer travelers positioning information that is location-specific with regards to the travel bags and other luggage. Tumi Global Locator is the name of the tracking device which weighs 150 grams and measures 4.33 by 2.55 by 0.83 inches.

To determine where the travel bag or luggage in which it is stuck in is located the device users Bluetooth technology as well as Wi-Fi, GSM and GPS. Real-time data is delivered by the device through the app that is available for free on both iOS and Android devices. The device’s patented technology and hardware was developed and design by a technology firm based in New Jersey known as LugTrack.

Peace of mind

Last year over 21.6 million bags got mishandled worldwide. This translated to approximately 5.7 travel bags getting lost for every 1,000 passengers. Though airlines and airports are investing in technologies which will assist in tracking luggage, the Tumi device gives the traveler the ability to track their own luggage.

“We understand that one of the most stressful parts of any journey is the risk of losing your luggage … The goal of the TUMI Global Locator is to make this a concern of the past,” said Tumi’s general manager for North America, Rob Cooper.

Accelerometer sensor technology

Tumi Global Locator uses Accelerometer sensor technology to operate in four modes include Proximity, Hotel Mode, Sleep Mode and Travel Mode. In Travel Mode, the location of a bag is automatically tracked between every 20 to 30 minutes. Travel Mode also logs the history of every place that the luggage has been.

And in order to comply with the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration, the device powers down during take-off and idles (enters Sleep Mode) in the course of the flight. Once the plane lands, the device powers up and transmits a notification informing a user where the bag is located. Sleep Mode can also be activated manually at any other time if the user so desires when not in flight.

In Hotel Mode the bag is supposed to stay in one location and if it is move the user will be alerted by the device. TUMI Global Locator makes use of Bluetooth technology in Proximity Mode and lets a user ‘tether’ their luggage near them. Should the luggage be moved unexpectedly, the user will receive an alert.