Samsonite has started the phased rollout of its connected trolley bag, Evoa Tech, in 15 countries including India. It starts at $860 and will be available in three different sizes. Made for tech savvy users, the bag uses Bluetooth for connectivity and tracking and biometrics for security.
The TSA approved fingerprint lock system adds an extra layer of security to the 3-digit dial lock system. It can record up to 10 fingerprints, allowing multiple people in the family to use it from time to time.
The connectivity related features include a bluetooth tracker, based on Panasonic Seekit technology. The tracker will let users track the bag on the smartphone via the Seekit app, if it is misplaced or stolen. It works other way round too and can help users track their smartphones too. Proximity guidance feature on the app will lead users to the bag.
However, to ensure the bag isn’t lost in the first place, the Seekit uses a proximity indicator, that will immediately alert users if the bag goes out of the prearranged bluetooth range. There is an SOS button in Seekit app that will automatically send out help notification with their GPS location to up to 3 contacts.
Another cool feature of the bag is the weighing scale. It is in-built in the bag’s side handle and one can check the weight by lifting the bag from the side. The weight of the luggage (in kilogram) will reflect on the display adjacent to the side handle. This feature is added to keep user informed so they can keep the bag’s weight in check and avoid charges on extra weights at the airports.
The bag also has an in-built USB charging system, which can be used to charge smartphones.
According to Gartner's latest predictions, enterprise and automotive IoT market will grow to 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020, a 21% increase from 2019. By the end of 2019, the total number of IoT endpoints will cross 4.8 billion.