Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Samsung unveils Connect Tag

Samsung unveils Connect Tag

Other features of the Connect Tag include an on-demand function that allows the user to request a tag's location at any time with the press of a button on their smartphones, as well as a "Send my location" function which lets the user possessing the device send their current location to a friend or family member at any time.

Samsung has announced a new location-tracking accessory called the Connect Tag.

Samsung will release a trackable tag that it says is the first consumer mobile product to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT).

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The Samsung Connect Tag is enabled by a specially designed cellular communications standard for small data utilisation and low power consumption. It also works with GPS, Wi-Fi-based positioning and Cell ID, which the manufacturer said can deliver accurate indoor and outdoor location information. The NB-IoT technology was primarily designed for connecting the series of IoT devices, notes VentureBeat.

Samsung says it can be attached, say to a child's backpack, a dog's collar, or personal belongings like your keys or purse to track where they are.

Furthering Samsungs commitment to a seamless IoT experience across devices, the Samsung Connect Tag will be tied to the SmartThings ecosystem, working in conjunction with the users smart home appliances through Works with SmartThings. Measuring just 4.21 cm wide and 1.19 cm thick, Connect Tag is water and dustproof and lasts a full week on a single charge. The tiny gadget will be shown at San Francisco's Moscone Center on October 17th and 18th, while sales will first start in Korea before expanding to other markets over the next few months. It also has an accelerometer and a 3-colored LED with a claimed battery life of seven days before needing a recharge. The device runs Tizen IoT. The company had a NFC Tag which it sold for $30.

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