Vanguard’s New RFID Tags Will Allow You to Track Lost Luggage by Phone

Lost luggage – it’s the unavoidable plague of air travel. While passengers are flying around with tablets and smartphones capable of doing wild, technological acrobatics, airline companies are still using sticky papers and outdated scanners from the 1970’s. Thankfully, the end is in sight.

According to Vanguard, the solution is an RFID tag that you can track with your smartphone. In fact, the tags are capable of sending out electronic signals to  notify you of their whereabouts. Think of them as a page from an eBook equipped with eInk and your phone as the homing beacon. Soon, your luggage will be finding you.

The ViewTag® has the capabilities to give location updates to luggage owners in-flight as well as throughout their connecting flights.

The ViewTag® works in conjunction with SMS text messaging. Throughout all airports, there is an RFID reader located on the loading belt for the aircraft. This RFID reader scans the ViewTag® as it passes on-board the plane and sends a confirmation message to the subscriber. The subscriber will recieve a message at each destination. This enables the subscriber to know their luggage is on-board, made it on their connecting flight, or even made it to the final destination.

An additional feature is the tag’s permanence. You don’t have to worry about attaching a separate, indestructible stickers for every flight – or mess with paper tags with your name and contact information. Even if airlines don’t offer the tags free of charge – they will be worth their $30 estimated price tag.