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September 30, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Amazon introduces long-range wireless network for smart homes
Tech giant Amazon (Seattle, WA) has announced that it is developing a longer-range equivalent to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless protocols for use in smart devices.

Such a neighbor-created network, says the company, demonstrates the potential of Amazon Sidewalk – a broad coverage network, ideal for low-bandwidth, low-cost devices, that requires no complex setup or maintenance for users. With Sidewalk, the company says it also sees the opportunity to deliver new devices and experiences to users, with one example being its just-announced Ring Fetch pet tracker _ the first device to use the Sidewalk protocol.

"In the future," says the company, "expanding the Amazon Sidewalk network will provide customers with even more capabilities like real-time location information, helping you quickly reunite with your lost pet. For device makers, Fetch also serves as a reference design to demonstrate the potential that devices connected to a broad, reliable network can provide to their customers."

The company says it plans to publish protocols that any manufacturer can use to build reliable, low-power, low-cost devices that benefit from access to long-range, low-bandwidth wireless connections. Those interested can sign up to be notified of Amazon Sidewalk updates.

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