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How the Internet of Things improves air travel

Bruce Harpham | May 25, 2016
Let’s face it: These days, flying is the pits. Here are some ways the industry is using IoT technology to make the friendly skies a little friendlier.

Not to be outdone, large companies are also getting into the smart luggage business. In 2015, Samsonite partnered with Samsung to develop a smart bag. The unnamed product is reported to have GPS capabilities. No release date has been provided. If it’s anything like Space Case 1 or the Bluesmart bag, it could well be a carry-on with GPS support, Bluetooth capability and an integrated smartphone app.

There are unanswered questions about security concerns that federal aviation officials and airport authorities have with regard to smart luggage. But while the potential for abuse of the technology remains an issue, the questions are likely to be resolved. Consider this: 10 years ago, in-flight wireless Internet service was nearly unheard of. Today, several airlines offer Wi-Fi, including American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, United and various international carriers. If it’s possible to build and deploy a system that helps harried travelers find their way around a busy facility like the Miami International Airport, that’s proof that things can change in the air travel industry. If that example and those of Delta, Boeing and GE set a trend, the smart luggage security challenge is likely to be solved eventually.


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