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Smart suitcase uses e-tag to speed up bag drop

Travel & Tourism

Rimowa's Electronic Tag displays digital travel data on luggages, enabling faster check-ins and bag drops at airports.

Despite the best efforts of flight companies to streamline airport check-ins, bags remain a difficult process, with lost items still a common occurrence. That’s why German airline Lufthansa and luggage manufacturer Rimowa are trialling a new e-tag for luggage, which digitally displays travel information.

The process enables passengers to simply hand their bags in at the airline’s automated check-in station, saving them another queue at the airport. Passengers send their digital boarding card via Bluetooth to luggage fitted with the built-in Electronic Tag, and their information will appear on the display. The e-tag is activated by a button inside the bag, so locking the suitcase would make it hard to manipulate the display, and potentially make the suitcases harder to steal or lose.

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Starting in March 2016, Lufthansa will begin offering passengers the new Electronic Tag check-in service, and the company hopes to expand its service to other leading airlines. How else can air travel be streamlined using smart technology?

Website: www.rimowa.com

Contact: twitter.com/RIMOWA

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