What you need to know
- Amazon's Sidewalk will soon integrate with Tile trackers.
- This newfound support will roll out from June 14.
- Amazon also announced additional integration with Level.
Keeping track of your things is about to get easier than ever with a collaboration between Amazon and Tile. From June 14th, Tile trackers will now work with Amazon's Sidewalk, extending the Tile network's coverage to include even Amazon Echo devices.
Last year, Amazon Echos gained support for Sidewalk, adding to the pre-existing Ring support, but this is the first major non-Amazon tracker network to integrate with Tile.
CJ Prober, CEO of Tile, said:
So what's in it for Amazon? Well, Amazon is trying to extend the functionality of Sidewalk beyond just WiFi. Speaking to CNBC, Amazon's Dave Limp said, "Wi-Fi is constrained, mostly to your home, it just doesn't have the range to go into your backyard into the neighborhood."
Alongside its new integration with Tile, Amazon also announced Sidewalk support for Level smart locks. You'll now be able to control your level lock with the Ring or Level apps going forward. You also won't need to be in Bluetooth range anymore thanks to the Sidewalk network. Amazon says that these updates are rolling out to both the Ring and Level apps by the end of May.
John Martin, CEO and co-founder of Level said:
Smart trackers have become a widely discussed part of tech, especially as Apple's AirTags and their security implications have become a hot button topic. Amazon has focused on the security aspect of it, noting that "data shared over the Sidewalk network is protected with three layers of encryption, only accessible by the devices you choose, and automatically deleted every 24 hours to protect your privacy." It's still worth noting that some of the individual products (like Ring), have had a history of security issues. You can opt out of Sidewalk if that makes you uncomfortable, but it should be safe for most people.
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