Samsung just unveiled its first cellular IoT mobile device for multi-purpose tracking. The Samsung Connect Tag can help keep tabs on your children, pet, valuables or anything else you’d like to track.
According to a release from the company, the Connect Tag is the first consumer mobile product to utilize narrowband network technology (NB-IoT, Cat.M1), which is a “specially designed cellular communication standard for small data utilization, low power consumption and the ability to securely connect to the internet for optimal location services.”
The tag provides smart location notifications based on a NB-IoT, Cat.M1 network. It works with GPS, Wi-Fi based positioning (WPS) and Cell ID. Attach the tag to a child’s jacket or a pet’s collar so you’re able to know where they are at all times. You can also clip it to a pocketbook, key ring or anything else you’d like to keep an eye on.
The tags will be connected to the SmartThings ecosystem, so Samsung customers are able to use the device along with their smart home appliances, according to the company.
“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, so the user will get a notification when the child enters the schoolyard or a dog jumps the backyard fence,” Samsung reported.
The device also boasts an on-demand function, which enables a user to find a tag simply by pushing a button on a smartphone. There’s also a function that allows a user to share a current location, so if a child gets lost they are able to alert a guardian through the tag itself.
The Connect Tag is about 4.21 centimeters wide and 1.19 centimeters thick; it has an IP68 water and dustproof rating for durability. The device’s battery can last for up to seven days with just one charge.
The item was just announced and will be for sale in Korea before other countries “in the coming months.”
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