Samsung has announced plans to release a multi-purpose trackable tag.
The company says the Connect Tag is the first to combine GPS, Cell ID and Wi-Fi-based positioning systems to triangulate location with accuracy. This means the little device is leveraging full internet services to identify accurate location information both indoors and outdoors. It also has an accelerometer and a 3-colored LED. Most tracking tags only use a GPS readout to locate people and items.
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Connect tag comes with a ring so you can attach it to a child’s backpack, your pet’s collar or keys. The location of whatever its tracking will be shown in the accompanying smartphone app at the press of a button. Connect Tag can also ping the app at regular intervals or it can be activated by the person wearing it in which case it will send an alert.
An added safety feature is the geo-fence zone. This lets you know when a item or person has left the pre-designated area. Rather usefully, you can also integrate it with smart home appliances so that, for example, the TV or lights switch on automatically when the wearer of the tag approaches.
In terms of technical specs, the square shaped device measures 42 x 42 x 12 millimeters and weights only 25 grams. Its fairly robust with a water-resistance rating of IP68, meaning it will be perfectly fine submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The company puts its impressive 7 day battery life down to its use of narrowband network technology.
Samsung is showcasing the tag at its Developer Conference on October 18-19 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. It will be launched in Korea first, with availability in other countries to follow soon after. There’s no word on price yet.
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