Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Samsara uses IoT to track luggage

Steve Rogerson
December 17, 2019



At next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, New Jersey firm Samsara Luggage will unveil an IoT tracking system to help travellers locate their luggage.
 
As travellers continue to experience the hassles of lost and mishandled bags, Samsara Luggage plans to unveil products that will include IoT tracking, offering consumers accurate location data for their smart-case and complying with all applicable regulations.
 
This technology was designed to improve the travel experience by providing consumers with a tracking feature that provides accurate location data. The technology functions in a manner similar to the GPS tracking offered by most ride-hailing companies, and is designed to provide real-time location tracking.
 
According to Sita, a provider of baggage management services, 24.8 million bags were mishandled in 2018, despite the major airlines' continued efforts to address this issue. Lost luggage derails travellers and causes unforeseen added costs and loss of time. The Washington Post reported that: "When luggage disappears, passengers are often pulled into a baffling world of forms, phone lines with pre-recorded messages and endless waits."
 
Atara Dzikowski, co-founder and CEO of Samsara Luggage, said: "Consumers no longer need to rely on tracking methods that only offer estimated location services. Samsara is the first to bring a precise location data technology that complies with all regulations to the smart travel marketplace."
 
Earlier this year, MI VI, a brand by Kathy Ireland WW founded by Kathy Ireland and Tommy Meharey, entered a licensing partnership Samsara Luggage to introduce an exclusive collection of smart luggage products designed for the modern traveller.
 
"Samsara is a unique and visionary company," said Ireland, who joined Samsara's board of advisors in July 2019. "Samsara continues to develop the best travel technology on the market, providing global travellers with a state-of-the-art travel experience. This new and disruptive tracking technology aims to minimise the aggravation and hassle associated with lost luggage, which many travellers experience. As Samsara continues to focus on strategic solutions for the tech-savvy traveller, we look forward to bringing our customers the most cutting-edge, smart, luxury luggage on the market today."
 
Built with aviation-grade aluminium, Samsara's smart luggage is durable and fireproof, and a claimed 20% lighter than any other aluminium case on the market. The ergonomic design allows the luggage's flat-top surface to double as a mobile desk. The suitcase is also recyclable.
 
The current model has a built-in power station that allows travellers to re-charge laptops and smart phones. The removable battery complies with TSA regulations allowing travellers to carry-on or check-in luggage without hassle.
 
A phone app sends real-time notifications to users when the suitcase is out of range or opened. It has two separate built in combination locks.