Today, BlueTags A/S, a Danish company focused on enabling consumer travel products like luggage, with RFID and Bluetooth TM wireless technologies, named eBags as their exclusive distributor for travel markets within North America and Mexico.
“We are excited by BlueTags’ innovative use of this revolutionary wireless technology,” said Frank Steed, Chairman of eBags, former president of Samsonite USA and American Tourister. “We will literally put the ‘e’ into the bag – starting with RFID technology this summer then phasing into Bluetooth over the next year.”
Steed continued, “There are many advantages for consumers and airlines. BlueTags technology will help airlines speed up baggage handling and sorting, improve routing, reduce missing baggage, reduce flight delays and increase security.” Steed also noted that the intelligent devices would enable consumers to set bag “theft alarms” via their cell phone or PDA’s, as well as obtain advanced notification of their baggage arriving at luggage carousels.
The new patent pending technology, developed by BlueTags, will enable consumers to register their bags online and then electronically sync the bags with their active travel itineraries. If a bag should be lost or misrouted, positive identification directly to the traveler and their itinerary can be made with a cell-phone or PDA.
Carlos Ostby, BlueTags’ President, said of the union, “eBags is uniquely positioned to help BlueTags gain ubiquitous distribution for Bluetooth enabled baggage throughout North America. eBags will help hundreds of luggage, bag and travel accessory manufacturers take their products to a new and sophisticated level over the next few years, tying bags electronically to airline baggage routing and flight itineraries. We chose eBags for their ability to move quickly and because their management team has extensive contacts and knowledge within the travel markets.”
Ostby said, “We expect to have our first smart bags and luggage tags, enabled with high powered RFID technology, available to consumers by this summer.”
‘e’enabled bags, luggage and travel accessories will be available through a variety of outlets including travel suppliers such as airlines, cruise companies, travel agents, global distribution systems (GDS) that book airline tickets as well as both on and offline retail stores.