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08 December 2023

Tracking device to end lost luggage pains

By Joseph George

Ever lost your luggage while travelling? Wondered if you could track your baggage in real time?

According to statistics made available by SITA, nearly 26 million bags go missing each year from airports around the world.

UAE airports are no exception. At Abu Dhabi International Airport, at least 20 to 25 lost luggage cases are reported every day.

“It is quite common but we manage to trace them. There are very few cases where the baggage remains untraceable.  May be just two or three cases in a month,” said a staff at the Lost and Found section at the airport.

There are multiple solutions available at hand that will track the exact location of your lost luggage and inform you via SMS the details of the location where the baggage is being held.

i-Trak for example has a facility that can be purchased with a one year subscription for $20. Trace Me Luggage Tracker offers lifetime subscription for £12.50. While many of these use GPS services to locate the tags a US based start up GlobaTrac is promising to come up with a device tht can provide real time update with cellular service.

Priced at $50 Trakdot, the light-weight device has a sim-card inserted into it. Subscribers need to pay an additional $12 annual fee for the cellular connection.

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.

The device will work from anywhere where there is a mobile coverage.

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. The product will be available for sale from March this year.


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