Samsung Connect Tag will stop your kids, pets and keys going walkabout

Lynne Hanson
October 17, 2017

NB-IoT and Cat.M1 are cellular communication standards specially designed for low power and data usage, providing users the ability to securely connect to the internet for the best available location services.

The device works with GPS, Wi-Fi-based positioning, and Cell ID technologies to fetch location information both indoors and outdoors.

Samsung will release a trackable tag that it says is the first consumer mobile product to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT). Best of all, it lasts for seven days on a single charge, allowing a parent to go a full school week without having to plug it in.

The device is meant to be connected to a bunch of keys, a dog's collar, or a child's backpack so you can keep an eye on their location at all times. If the user loses auto in a large outdoor parking lot, the on-demand function will allow requesting any Connect Tag's location when desired, simply by pressing a button on the smartphone.

The device will send "periodic location notifications", letting you track your loved one's location record for peace of mind.

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In addition to providing location info, the Connect Tag is also tied to Samsung's SmartThings ecosystem, meaning the device can do all sorts of things when it enters a predefined zone. 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.

Connect Tag comes with a ring that easily attaches so that it can be easily attached to bags, collars or key rings.

The Connect Tag is under 2 inches by 1 inches (4.21cm by 1.19cm) and benefits from IP68 water- and dustproofing.

Samsung has announced the launch of its Connect Tag, a multi-purpose tracking device that'll enable users to keep tabs on kids, pets and belongings. 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.

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