Deutsche Telekom and Rimowa's smart suitcases have integrated tracking

The bags have an integrated e-ink display that shows weight, whom the suitcase belongs to and a barcode for pairing it with a smartphone app

The Bag2Go suitcases have a built-in e-ink display.

The Bag2Go suitcases have a built-in e-ink display.

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems have along with luggage maker Rimowa developed a line of suitcases with GPS, Wi-Fi and GSM to help users keep track of them.

Machine-to-machine communications in all shapes and sizes is a returning trend at this year's Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany. The Bag2Go suitcases, which will go on sale worldwide before the end of the year, are among several products being demonstrated at Deutsche Telekom's stand. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus also helped with the development.

Via a smartphone app, the owner can check the location of their suitcase at any time, regardless of where in the world it happens to be (except when it's on a plane). Also, in the interest of improving security, the traveler is immediately informed whenever the suitcase is opened, according to T-Systems.

Bags and the app are paired by scanning a barcode shown on an e-ink screen that's been integrated on top of the suitcase. The process took less than 30 seconds when demonstrated at Cebit. The app can be used to check in and track multiple suitcases at the same time. To see where they are located, the user clicks on the bag they are interested in and it's shown on a map.

The screen also displays the name of the bag, its owner and how much the bag weighs. The screen is combined with a communications module that integrates a SIM card with GSM, GPS and Wi-Fi. There is also an NFC (near field communication) chip that can be used by staff at the airport or a logistics company to see where the suitcase is going.

Cost of the Bag2Go suitcases hasn't been decided.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Tags airbuscebitconsumer electronicsGPSRimowadeutsche telekom

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?