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Take That Tile: Samsung’s GPS Tracker Works Off LTE

Can double as a proximity sensor for use with SmartThings ecosystem

Samsung introduced a portable GPS tracking device that operates off the AT&T LTE network and is compatible with the company’s SmartThings IoT ecosystem.

The 1.7-inch square SmartThings Tracker, designed to be attached to a backpack or pet’s collar, carries a $99.99 suggested retail and includes 12 months of service. Service costs $5/month or $50/year after that first year.

The accompanying SmartThings app enables consumers to not only locate the device from their smartphones, but also send real-time location notifications to others via the press of a button.

Its interoperability with the company’s SmartThings smart-home ecosystem also means it can double as a proximity sensor, said Samsung. So, for example, the Tracker can turn on smart lighting when it comes within range of compatible devices, and users can set up geo-fencing zones.

See also: A Stroll Through The Smart Home

Other features include IP68 water resistance — submersion up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes — and week-long battery life when the Power Saving mode is used at night.

The Tracker will become available through AT&T on Sept. 14 and through Verizon later this year.

Samsung is also offering a portable pouch for the Tracker for $9.99.