If you find yourself traveling a lot, odds are you’ve faced anxiety over your luggage being sent to the wrong destination or disappearing. Tumi’s latest travel accessory, the Global Locator, aims to put your mind at ease by providing real-time location information on your bag regardless of which country it may end up in.
Tumi, a long-time contender in the luggage and travel space, is now branching into the IoT market with its recently unveiled Global Locator. Thanks to a partnership with AT&T, the two companies were able to create a gadget that stands out from other smartphone-enabled trackers on the market. With integrated GPS and GSM cellular connectivity built right into the Global Locator, the device will have no problem keeping an eye on your belongings no matter where they end up.
The device itself is fairly small, weighing in at just 0.33-LB while being housed in a smartphone-sized casing. That means it should have no issues fitting in stowed or carry-on luggage, as well as small bags and purses. It’s packed with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well, allowing the locator to supply real-time data to its companion iOS and Android applications.
The Tumi Global Locator comes well-equipped on the software end of things as well, offering three separate modes to fit any travel occasion. When commuting to your destination, travel mode automatically tracks a bag’s location every 20-30 minutes. In order to comply with those strict FAA regulations, the Tumi locator is Intelligent enough to power down during take off, and reactivate upon touch down.
To make sure your personal belongings are safe while you’re out sight-seeing, hotel mode will alert you should your bag leave a predetermined area, so thieves can’t run off with your things undetected. Finally, proximity mode helps keep an eye on luggage at close range. So if you happen to walk off without your bag, the Global Locator will ping you so it can be retrieved.
Tumi’s Global Locator retails for $200, which includes a year subscription of the wireless location tracking service. Those who can’t wait to get their hands on the travel device are in luck, because Tumi’s latest accessory is now available for purchase. If you’re looking for something to help keep tabs on your belongings but are turned off by the needed subscription, Tile trackers are a great alternative.
NEW YORK, July 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TUMI, the leading global travel lifestyle brand, and AT&T, a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT), announced today the launch of the TUMI Global Locator, a wireless tracking device designed to provide travellers with location-specific positioning information regarding the whereabouts of their luggage and travel bags.
Housed in a sleek, compact body, measuring 4.33 x 2.55 x 0.83 inches and weighing 150 grams, TUMI’s Global Locator uses GPS, GSM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology to track the location of the luggage or bag in which it has been placed. The device delivers real-time data, via the free mobile application available for both Android and iOS devices.
The hardware and patented technology for the device was designed and developed by LugTrack, a New Jersey-based technology company.
In 2016, more than 21.6 million bags were mishandled globally1, meaning 5.7 bags were lost per 1,000 passengers. While airports and airlines are investing in technology to track luggage under their respective jurisdictions, the TUMI Global Locator puts the power into customers’ hands, providing tracking ability from the second a journey begins.
“TUMI has long been a trailblazer in global travel, providing consumers with stylish, innovative and effective solutions. We understand that one of the most stressful parts of any journey is the risk of losing your luggage, be that temporarily or permanently. The goal of the TUMI Global Locator is to make this a concern of the past, giving our customers a peace of mind and ensuring a more enjoyable travel experience. TUMI’s Global Locator embodies all this with the focus on safeguarding our customers’ belongings,” said Rob Cooper, General Manager, North America, TUMI.
Joe Mosele, Vice President of Business Development, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T, which provides global connectivity for the device, said, “As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, consumers and businesses have a desire to remain connected in a bigger way than ever before, regardless of whether they are at home or on the go. By providing connectivity for the TUMI Global Locator, AT&T lets travellers around the world remain tapped into a more connected life.”
Through its Accelerometer sensor technology, the Global Locator operates with four alternative modes: Travel Mode, Sleep Mode, Hotel Mode and Proximity.
TRAVEL MODE automatically tracks a bag’s location every 20-30 minutes and builds a history of where a bag has been. In compliance with FAA requirements, the Global Locator powers-down upon take off to remain in an idle state during flight. Upon landing, the locator automatically wakes up and sends a notification to the connected device, informing the user of the bag’s location.
While the device automatically enters SLEEP MODE during flight, the user also has the option to activate Sleep Mode at any time. The TUMI Global Locator will wake up on landing or after a short duration if not in flight.
HOTEL MODE allows the user to ensure the bag containing the Global Locator stays in one location, by recognizing the designated location as its ‘Home Base’. The TUMI Global Locator will then alert the user should the bag move from this location.
PROXIMITY MODE uses Bluetooth technology to allow the user to tether the bag containing the TUMI Global Locator to a connected device, such as a mobile phone. In the event of an unexpected movement, the connected device then receives an alert.
TUMI’s Global Locator has been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Radio Frequency Testing while also employing the highest level of security standards that exist in the market today. All personal information is fully protected by the highest state-of-the-art layers of firewalls, specific authorization protocols and encryption.
The TUMI Global Locator retails for USD 200 in TUMI stores and online at www.TUMI.com. This price includes one year of wireless location tracking service, which commences from the date of purchase. Annual service plan renewals will be available at www.TUMI.com