Samsung has just announced their tracking tag called the Samsung Connect Tag. Similar to other solutions like trakr and tile the Connect Tag helps users find and track whatever the device is attached to. This is where the similarities end and the differences begin. Unlike, trakr and tile which uses Bluetooth, the Samsung Connect Tag is the first solution to work on the narrowband network technology (NB-IoT, Cat.M1).
How does this affect my usage you ask? Well Bluetooth itself is limited in range, about 100 – 200 feet. NB-IOT/Cat.M1 technology however operates on a cellular network for small data utilisation. In addition to that, the Samsung Connect Tag will work with GPS and Wi-Fi-based positioning. What this means is that, it is free from the 100 – 200 feet shackles of Bluetooth and is able to operate on a far wider range; We’re talking about kilometers.
The Samsung Connect Tag will also work effortlessly with Samsung Smart Things, the smart home system from Samsung. So you could have your home lights turn on whenever it detects the Connect Tag nearing the vicinity of your compound. It comes in at a light 25 grams and supports iOS and Android.
The Samsung Connect Tag will launch first in Korea before coming to other countries. No launch dates nor price have been mentioned.
For more information head over to Samsung.