Samsung launches Connect Tag for indoor and outdoor location tracking

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Furthering Samsung's commitment to a seamless IoT experience across devices, the Samsung Connect Tag will be tied to the SmartThings ecosystem, working in conjunction with the user's smart home appliances through Works with SmartThings.

Note: Samsung Connect Tag and its controller app will work only with Android M and above devices.

Samsung has unveiled the latest addition to its range of Internet of Things devices: the Samsung Connect Tag.

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Samsung says that the Connect Tag works with GPS, Wi-Fi-based position and Cell ID to receive accurate location data both indoors and outside.

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. Samsung claims it's the world's first consumer mobile product to use narrow band network technology. 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. There is also a function to request the tag's location at any given time through your smartphone which can be helpful if you've parked in a massive parking lot. Additionally, periodic location notifications will show a trace the loved ones location record.

The product comes with an exclusive ring as well, which easily attaches to bags, collars or key rings.

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Connect Tag will be showcased at the Samsung Developer Conference 2017 on October 18-19 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, United States.

The Tag itself is compact, measuring 42.1mm x 11.9mm and has full IP68 water- and dustproofing. Samsung will launch the Connect Tag in Korea first before expanding to other countries "in the coming months".

Samsung has helped a great deal to promote the current trend of smartphones with almost bezel-free displays, thanks to the success of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and more recently the Galaxy Note 8. The battery should last for up to a week on a single charge.

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