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Samsung Connect Tag is a smart IoT tracker using narrowband technology

 Samsung launches NB-IoT GPS smart tag Samsung Connect Tag is a smart IoT tracker using narrowband technology
Javier Burns | 17 October, 2017, 00:46

Samsung Connect Tag, the company said, has also been created to ensure that parents never have to worry about the whereabouts of a toddler in the house.

Geo-fence is another notable feature of the Connect Tag, which works in coherence with Samsung's SmartThings ecosystem, to notify users' chosen smart devices whenever their kids, for example, enter or leave a predefined zone. Narrowband networks connect Internet of Things devices through cellular communication bands.

NB-IoT is deemed more power-efficient compared to cellular IoT, and cheaper modules offer wider coverage that allows the deployment of low data-intensive services and cheaper costs. Samsung suggests that this can be useful for tracking down a auto if you forget where you parked. Unlike other smart tags which uses Bluetooth LE, Samsung Connect Tag uses narrowband network technology (NB-IoT, Cat.M1).

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. You can, for instance, set up your Connect Tag to trigger specific smart devices like lights or your TV to turn on when you approach your home.

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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). It's IP68 rated for protection against water as well as dust and sports a battery that can last for up to seven days on a single charge.

Samsung is due to show off the Connect Tag at the Samsung Developer Conference 2017 in San Francisco this week. The device also comes with a ring, making it easier for users to attach it to their belongings and loved ones.

Now this one was a must device, and smartphone giant Samsung made it possible.

The Connect Tag will be available in South Korea first before arriving in other locations over the coming months.

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