iTraq - The New Age Luggage Tracker
For all those globe-trotters out there, worrying about the whereabouts of luggage on an important business trip, this gadget is for you. The new iTraq device is a tag that's about the size of a credit card, helping you to locate your missing things anywhere in the world.
The iTraq goes further than existing location tags, which mainly use Bluetooth or GPS. Instead it uses cellular radio technology components from GeoTraq, which combines the plus points of both. The result is a power-efficient system that keeps its range for miles, according to a report in Popular Science.
"The device itself doesn't know where it is, it wakes up, scans, transmits data, and goes to sleep again. On our server, we can read this information from the device and understand what towers it scanned and where it is," the iTraq co-founder Roman Isakov told Popular Science. The iTraq also checks in at intervals that you can specify, and you can change the schedule depending on the time of day. The less frequently the device checks in, the longer the battery will last.
The device is not ideal to track anything in real time, more for an assurance that items such as keys, suitcases and larger items such as bikes are where they should be. The other downside is that although the device uses cellular location, it's less precise than GPS, so although you can check to see if your keys are at home, it isn't specific enough to find out where in the house your keys may be. The location technology also relies on how many cell towers it can detect- great if you live in a busy city, less so in a rural location.
The arrival of iTraq should set the wheels in motion for more specific tracking devices in the future, which will benefit those that are prone to losing other items. Lost keys will hopefully be a thing of the past.
iTraq is based in Redmond, Washington, and is a manufacturer of the world's first Cell I-D specific personal location device. Recently it has been announced that GeoTraq, Inc. has received a purchase order for 30,000 Cell-ID modules from iTraq.