Samsung today unveiled Connect Tag, a new IoT accessory that will help consumers to keep track of their loved ones and valuables. Unlike other smart tags which uses Bluetooth LE, Samsung Connect Tag uses narrowband network technology (NB-IoT, Cat.M1). NB-IoT and Cat.M1 are cellular communication standard that are designed for small data uage, low power consumption and the ability to securely connect to the internet for optimal location services.
Connect Tag is just 4.21 centimeters wide and 1.19 centimeters thick. It also comes with IP68 water and dustproof rating for durability. Samsung says its battery can last for up to seven days on a single charge.
The Samsung Connect Tag will work with GPS, Wi-Fi-based positioning (WPS) and Cell ID to deliver accurate location information both indoors and outdoors. Consumers can use it for various purposes like tracking their young child to know the whereabouts, tracking their dog so it won’t go missing and more.
Samsung Connect Tag will also work with Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem. For example, using the geo-fence feature on the Samsung Connect Tag, the user can setup to turn on the lights and TV when they reach near their home. Or they can set up to get a notification when the child enters the schoolyard or a dog jumps the backyard fence.
Note: Samsung Connect Tag and its controller app will work only with Android M and above devices.