The Future of Tracking Technology for Your Move

2 April 2013



Moving and keeping track of your belongings is always difficult especially during an international relocation. If you are not careful about how you have organised your stuff when packing them, then unpacking can become a nightmare. There is nothing more frustrating than needing or wanting something in a hurry but having no idea where it is, while staring at a sea of unopened boxes. Life would be so much easier if you could just track each one of your items and know exactly which box it’s in without having the need for comprehensive lists or formulating your own makeshift ‘tracking system’... The good news is that the technology may not be that far off! Already there is technology that exists to help you find items or gadgets you constantly misplace using Bluetooth and auto-id systems to track shipping containers. 




StickNFind is one such solution, which allows you to tag items with coin-sized stickers that you can track using Bluetooth with your smartphone or tablet. The StickNFind app works similar to radar to locate items and is available for iOS and Android devices. You can even send out an alert for the device to buzz and light up to help you locate items as you get closer. So if you are the kind of person that loses your keys on a daily basis, using this device to keep track of the things you need will make sure you don’t have to ever stress about where you ended up putting something. Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is also another advancement in Auto-ID technologies that enables wireless identification and tracking of tagged items with the use radio waves. RFID is already widely used in various industries including Container Shipping, as it improves cargo tracking so that the location of the container can be monitored as it goes through airports, shipyards, storage facilities and the like. This makes the likelihood of a shipment to go missing very slim, which is always good to hear. RFID chips are small enough that they can be attached to pretty much anything. A couple of hotels have even started using RFID chips to ensure their guests don’t run off with their towels and bathrobes! So imagine if this technology could be utilised so that each of your items could be individually tracked and identified while they were all still packed up in boxes. The current state of technology may not be ready for wide scale application of tracking individual items, but wouldn’t it be great if you never again had tear through what seems like hundreds of boxes just to find the one thing you are looking for?