Samsung launches Connect Tag for indoor and outdoor location tracking

Samsung Connect Tag leverages IoT tech for more accurate tracking

Samsung launches NB-IoT GPS smart tag

Unlike other smart tags which uses Bluetooth LE, Samsung Connect Tag uses narrowband network technology (NB-IoT, Cat.M1). It's made to work with Internet of Things devices.

The low-power NB-IoT, Cat.M1 tag uses cellular connectivity to provide location services and notifications to users.

The Connect Tag syncs with GPS and WPS, or Wi-Fi position system, for tracking.

Samsung is planning to initially launch the Connect Tag in Korea before expanding it to additional countries in the coming months.

The Connect Tag comes with a neat carabiner that makes it easy to clip it to a child's backpack, to a dog's collar or just to a pair of keys. It has an on-demand feature by which you can request any Connect Tag's location when desired, by pressing a button on the smartphone.

Other useful features include pressing a button on your phone to have the Connect Tag send its location to the handset (this is useful if you need to pick up your kid from somewhere or if you lose your vehicle in a crowded garage). "These tracking and notification abilities will minimise anxiety about the user's favourite items or loved ones, offering an exciting way to use technology for increased family security and an enhanced lifestyle", it wrote in a blog post.

It is IP68 water- and dust-proof, has a horizontal/vertical of 4.21cm, and is 1.19cm thick.

It also ties in with Samsung's SmartThings ecosystem, meaning it can be used to trigger associated smart home products. With its geo-fence feature, the Connect Tag can ping other smart devices as a user approaches, so the lights and TV could switch on as soon as you get close enough.

Samsung has helped a great deal to promote the current trend of smartphones with almost bezel-free displays, thanks to the success of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and more recently the Galaxy Note 8. The battery can last for up to seven days on a single charge, minimizing the need to constantly swap out or plug in the device.

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