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By Jonathan Collins | 4Q 2019 | IN-5630


Amazon Announces Sidewalk, a Consumer-Focused LPWA Network


Among a slew of smart home product announcements at this fall’s Amazon’s Devices & Services Event, one initiative stood out. Although the addition of Alexa to a slew of new devices was front and center, the announcement that Amazon will launch a pet tracker device and services seemed a little less enticing. However, the planned offering—dubbed Fetch—could be the foundation of a revolutionary change of direction within the smart home market, but one that will require years of investment and commitment from Amazon.

Amazon is Trying to Make Fetch Happen


Fetch is set for launch next year. The small Fetch device clips on to a pet collar and enables location tracking for the pet outside the home up to 1 km away. End users can set a perimeter and receive alerts if the device passes through the perimeter. Further out, triangulation capabilities within Sidewalk will allow tracking outside the perimeter with real-time locating capabilities. According …

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