Earlier this month, Samsung announced a new tracking device to help you “keep track of loved ones, valuables and all that matters in your life.”
The Samsung Connect Tag is the world’s first consumer device that uses a special mobile phone network band called Narrowband. That band is designed with low power and data requirements in mind.
Samsung’s phone tracker comes in the form of a small white tag – about the size of a keychain – that uses GPS and Wi-Fi positioning systems to track a location.
Samsung is offering the tag to track a number of different things. In a press release, Samsung claimed the device can be “attached to a young child’s backpack so his or her whereabouts can be tracked, clipped to a dog’s collar so it won’t go missing, and secured to keys so they are never lost.”
Users can track location data using their smartphone. All you need to do is press a button on your smartphone and you can track the location of the Samsung Connect Tag.
Users can also trigger a function to send their location to authorized users. A child may wish to let his parents know his location, for example, and sends out an alert periodically throughout the day.
The Smartphone Tracker is Waterproof and Lasts 7 Days on a Single Charge
The 1.6 inch wide device is waterproof, dustproof, and lasts for up to 7 days on a single charge. The tracker also has an accelerometer and a tri-color LED that displays battery life.
Samsung plans to initially launch the device in South Korea before expanding to more countries in the coming months.
A price has not yet been announced.
Will the Smartphone Tracker Be Legal?
Some are questioning the legality of Samsung’s Connect Tag. However, it’s likely that the tracker will be subject to the same restrictions as cell phone and GPS tracking data.
It’s generally illegal to use a GPS tracking device if you’re not the owner of the object being tracked, or if you’re attempting to track someone without their consent.
One of the grey areas – at least in the United States – is that the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures by the state, does not specifically address location tracking. This could spur the U.S. Supreme Court to answer previously unasked questions regarding tracking. Previously, court cases have delivered mixed results, and the Supreme Court has yet to issue an official ruling.
This has led to a weird range of restrictions across the United States. In California, for example, police need a warrant to track your location, but federal authorities do not. Meanwhile in Oregon, location information is completely unprotected.
Will you use devices like the Samsung Connect Tag to track your loved ones or valuables? I can see it being a popular option for travelers who want to track their luggage during use.
Unlike other GPS trackers on the market – including Bluetooth trackers that last up to a year on a single battery – the Samsung Connect Tag lasts 7 days. However, you can track location from any smartphone without the need for Bluetooth technology, which makes the device more usable.
Stay tuned for more information about the Samsung Connect Tag smartphone tracker as it gets closer to launch.