Well, this is exciting, the SmartThings Tracker is now available for preorder directly from Samsung. I first heard about this product in late July and did some digging then but now it looks like we are getting closer to being able to own one. According to FCC documentation that I found online there will be a Verizon and an AT&T version so customers will have some options on connectivity. What I have not been able to find and even the preorder page for the SmartThings Tracker does not mention is how much will we be looking at per month for a data connection to the device? I assume it will not be overly expensive but we will have to wait and see on that.
I have been using SmartThings Presence Sensors for some time now and aside from the battery life they work just fine for my automation needs as I do not need to know specifically where family members are (I use Life360 for that) but only if they are home or not. That being said I can think of countless ways that I could integrate exact locations of family members into automation.
Obviously, the uses of the SmartThings Tracker go well beyond just home automation so if the service plan price is right this could be a great solution for people. I am also anxious to see just how this will integrate into the SmartThings Ecosystem.
I will keep a lookout for more information and let you know as it becomes available. For now, I have one preordered. How about you?
UPDATE: AT&T varient includes one year of service then $50 per year after that.
I am passionate about the IoT and connected devices. Using connectivity to automate our lives will empower civilization to achieve greatness.