The advent of self service check-in in the airline industry has spun off several new innovations in the bag tagging industry. British Airways, Lufthansa, Qantas, and other airline companies have started rolling out bags with built-in screens together with luggage suppliers. Built-in bag tags that can display the flight information and the barcodes used by the international baggage handling systems. Ticketing companies automatically forward the travel info to the bag tag. How cool is that? The first implementation was way back 2013 and until now, it has not reached the main stream market because they are very expensive. The technology has been integrated to some luggage brands but the price is still very prohibitive for the average traveler. They were designed to support the existing luggage handling systems which rely heavily on 3D scanning technology. The system as it is, is semi automated with 3D scanners reading the bar codes of the luggages with 85% success rates in reading luggage labels correctly. The 15% failure rate when reading barcodes is attributed to mangled tags or the tags have fallen off. It requires some TLC (Tender Loving Care) from baggage handlers to check the bag pockets for identifiable contact information which is often not there. It cost airlines billions of dollars in operational cost annually to solve the issue of lost baggage. In reality, that amount is peanuts for the airlines. What is sad is the fact that the passenger lost the baggage, in effect causing emotional distress and inconvenience, but it could have been avoided by solving the simple, yet often over-looked issue of not labeling the bag properly.
Enter utaggit [ you-tag-it ] . The name itself is short for universal tagging information tool. It is actually a cloud tagging service that was beta launched last year and it is now ready for prime time service. The service aims to provide the average traveler a way for tagging their travel bags using any affordable bag tag. Adding the capability to hide contact information and show it only when needed or if necessary, is a practical way of upgrading the function of any regular bag tag. In effect, this feature provides added security to any bag tag. Here's how you can turn any bag tag into a smart tag:
1. Go to kontak.me. and generate a contact link using the Interactive Bag Tag generator.
2. Write the contact link onto your bag tag using the suggested text provided in the "How To" section of your control panel.
3. Use the provided web app to take a picture of the bag where you will attach your bag tag.
4. Fill up you personal contact and destination info and set your bag status based on the appropriate condition. That's it, you're done!
If you have multiple bags, you can use the same contact link. But make sure you take individual photos of the bags and save them in your photo gallery in your smartphone. If one of the bags gets lost, you can upload the photo from the phone. Whoever opens your contact link will see it and will be instructed with what to do.
One feature which we will mention is the support for passive geo location information sharing. In the event that your contact link is opened, you will be notified via email regarding the following:
a. Location where the link was opened. It may not necessarily be the location where your lost item is, but it is an indication that someone has got your bag.
b. Name and phone number of the finder. That's if the finder shares that info.
c. If you get lucky, the device that was used by the finder may have the location service turned ON and that he/she is willing to share the location info, you will also get an actual location in Google Map. If the finder will not share any location info, you will only get an IP address which is not that accurate, but at least you will get a probable location.
The service also aims to assist the parties involved in retrieving and returning the lost and found item. But this is pretty much dependent on the intention of the finder. Let's just hope our world is still full of honest and helpful people ;-)
This seemingly low tech solution which does not use any electronics means it does not need any batteries. It becomes maintenance free and easier to pass aviation certification rules because it has no components that can easily catch fire (e.g. rechargeable batteries). It's one way of showing that the Internet of things can be jump started without the need to be expensive. The Smart in the tag is not how high tech the gadget is, but what it can do and how useful it becomes.
Get a contact link now and see for yourself how this innovation can change the way we tag our property. It's free for a limited period of time so hurry. You have until the end of June for the freebies. Visit utagg.it for more information. Those who sign-up now can get the basic services free for life.
Utaggit is a spin off cloud service of Kontakme. It uses the same contact links as the one offered by Kontakme but the contact page is modified for travelers.
About Kontakme LLC
Kontakme LLC is a Universal Contact Information Service which specialize in generation and management of contact links. Contact links are short URLs that opens a page containing contact information and other stuff. In some way, it can be referred to as a digital business card.
Kontakme is a New York based online service for easily creating universal digital business cards, new generation of paper and wireless business cards, simplified property tags, and pet tags. We work with other great companies to create other solutions like the Contact Link Plus , a tap-to-save paper business card created in partnership with Moo.com. We also have the Contact Link Bleu, a bluetooth beacon that acts as a wireless business card which you can use to broadcast to multiple smartphone users in a limited geographic area.
We are focused on bringing our core service called the ContactLink into mainstream use and we have built a complete portfolio of products and services that promises to make it easier to share, memorize, save, and manage contact information economically.
Kontakme is a servicemark of Kontakme LLC.
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Kontakme LLC is looking for partnerships with companies currently in the following industry:
• Ad Agency business
• Marketing Communications
• NFC Production and Distribution
• Business Cards Production
• Web Site Development
• Name Tags, Business Tags and Pet Tags manufacturing
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