It can be pretty annoying to haul your bag off the carousel at the airport and discover that the contents or the bag itself has been damaged by inconsiderate handling somewhere during the journey. Worse still, there’s no real way of proving that it was the fault of the baggage handling, which makes it harder to make a claim against disinterested airlines and airports.
Now a new device called DropTag has been developed by Cambridge Consultants to help fight back against the baggage and broken package blues. The system uses a sensor and phone app combination to monitor how roughly a bag or a postal package has been handled en route.
The tag itself uses low power Bluetooth and can be interrogated by any smartphone with the app installed from a distance of around 50 meters indoors. If the package or bag has been dropped or otherwise mistreated the app will show it, and there’s also a plotting function available which will indicate timings if necessary.
The product is still at the prototype stage and the developers expect the tag to retail for no more than £5 each. From where we’re sitting anything that can help stop the bag smashing frenzy that seems to go on in some parcel delivery services and airports is a good thing, and deserves to succeed.