Invention to make lost luggage a thing of the past

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.theportugalnews.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?id=1105-3

    The idea behind the project is to incorporate radio frequency identification (RFID), wireless sensor network (WSN) and GPS into suitcases so they can be followed anywhere in the world.
    The project has been developed by the University of Minho Polymer Engineering Innovation Centre (PIEP) in Guimarães in northern Portugal along with four companies and a research centre.
     
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    I wonder why this has not yet been done? UPS, DHL and FedEx already are using that for package tracking, and major retailers have ben doing it for retail stock management for several years. What a good idea!
     
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    Watch the TSA object. :(
     
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    Why would they? Excuse me, I am thinking rationally. :eek:
     
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    They objected to an invention that made your suitcase beep on the caroussel at arrival. It made finding your bag easier to find.
     
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    Ah, now I understand. You would think with my own military background I would understand explanations such as that one intuitively. Sadly, I don't. The clarification is enlightening. I suppose it would also make it easier to know when they pilfer from your bag. :(
     
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    I would think the airlines would be all over this and push hard on the TSA. The airlines would benefit greatly in manpower savings and lost luggage payouts.
     
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    I could see that working a couple of different ways. Have it embedded into your luggage so you always know where it is, or have a portable unit you move around from bag to bag. Either way, it'd be a win for both you and the airlines. Of course, the TSA could object saying that it lets the terrorists track commercial airliners for the best opportunities to blow them up or something.
     
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