Samsung has announced a trackable tag called Connect Tag in Korea, which it says is the first consumer mobile product to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT). Narrowband networks connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices through cellular communication bands. The networks are designed for devices that use small amounts of data and power and provides the capability to securely connect to the Internet for location services. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
The Samsung Connect Tag provides location information both indoors and out using GPS, Wi-Fi based positioning, and cell ID for location tracking. It also has an accelerometer and a 3-colored LED with a claimed battery life of seven days before needing a recharge. The tag currently only works with Android devices. Also Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
Furthering Samsung s commitment to a seamless IoT experience across devices, the Samsung Connect Tag will be tied to the SmartThings ecosystem, working in conjunction with the user s smart home appliances through Works with SmartThings. The geo-fence feature on the Samsung Connect Tag will notify the user s chosen smart devices when he or she approaches. So, if the user wants lights and TV to turn on while getting home from a nightly run, the Samsung Connect Tag can trigger these products as the user enters the pre-define zone. Similarly, the user will get a notification when the child enters the schoolyard or a dog jumps the backyard fence.
The Connect Tag also features Send my location function, which allows one to share the current location with their guardian, so even a young child can let you know exactly where he or she is, allowing you to pick him/her up safely. Additionally, periodic location notifications will show a trace of the loved ones location record.
Connect Tag will be showcased at the Samsung Developer Conference 2017 on October 18-19 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, United States. It will be available for purchase starting in Korea before expanding to select countries in the coming months. ALSO READ: GoPro HERO6 Black with 4K60 shooting capabilities, touch zoom launched at Rs 45,000