To provide real-time location data, Samsung has introduced a SmartThings tracker connected to the LTE-M IoT network. When the tracker is attached to pets or children, users can locate where they are on the SmartThings app anytime and anywhere.
The tracker can also be programmed to become a communication tool. For example, it can be set up so that a double button push will send the “I’m home” or “I’m ready to be picked up” message to the SmartThings app. It can also send SOS signal if someone is in trouble.
Notifications will only be sent to authorized users. In other words, a children-arriving-home notification may be passed to both parents as well as other family members.
With the tracker’s geo-fencing feature, it can also trigger other smart home devices based on locations. For instance, if homeowners carry the tracker in bags, it can trigger lights to turn on or adjust thermostat when they are close to home.
The tracker is IP68-rated water and dust resistant. Samsung claims the device battery can last up to one week depending on how it’s used.
Other similar trackers have been seen on the market, like those from Tile and Chipolo. However, they work with Bluetooth, which limits the connection range. The SmartThings tracker uses LTE-M, a low-power network designed for IoT devices. As such, the tracker can transmit signals over a longer range, providing a real-time location data anywhere.
“By combining the coverage of nationwide carrier networks with the expansiveness of the SmartThings ecosystem, we’re helping families keep track of what matters most to them while also continuing to make it easy to control and manage their smart home, all in one device,” said SK Kim, senior director of IoT Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America, in a statement.
The SmartThings tracker will be available through AT&T on September 14 at US$100, with both device and one-year of connectivity service. Telecommunication firm Verizon will also offer the tracker later this year.