How does the MINITAG work?
The MiniTAG is an extremely small tracker designed to be fitted into hand tools. The MiniTAG is activated right out of the box by a magnet. From then on, the device generates locations year after year just by using its own battery.
Designed specifically for hand tools, the MiniTAG is so small that it will almost always fit in the handle or other part of your devices.
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What makes the MINITAG unique?
At 33mm x 27mm x 9mm, the MiniTAG currently is the smallest micro tracker of its kind. With its internal battery the MiniTAG can pinpoint a location every hour for years on end.
In many circumstances, the MiniTAG also offers indoor coverage. Unlike other systems, which have to be placed on the outside of equipment to improve coverage, the MiniTAG can even determine a location when mounted in a handheld device… which is a great safety feature!
WHat Can the MiniTAG do?
The creation of locations is done through triangulation using KPN’s LoRa network. Creating an accurate location is related to the range of the antenna. If the MiniTAG picks up 10 masts the location will be very accurate, if it picks up only 3 masts the location will be less accurate. Fewer than 3 masts often does not result in a location. Essentially the MiniTAG offers network coverage everywhere in The Netherlands. However, in some places the coverage is below standard.
In its default configuration, the MiniTAG creates a location every hour. When the coverage of the KPN LoRa network in a certain place is weaker or when the MiniTAG is integrated in a device, the antenna may not locate as many masts. When this happens, the MiniTAG waits for a new update (every hour) to check if it can determine the new location with certainty. That is why we state that the MiniTAG creates a location every ~2 hours.
The MiniTAG is quite foolproof but there are a few things to be aware of:
The MiniTAG is available in 2 variants:
1. MiniTAG with a location interval of 20 minutes ~ 3 year average life span
2. MiniTAG with a location interval of 60 minutes ~ 5 year average life span
Because the coverage of the MiniTAG can differ in different devices, the battery consumption also varies, therefor we have indicated the average consumption above.
Always make sure that the antenna (the small protruding metal wire) is fitted as straight as possible. Bending is allowed but coiling or twisting will result in poor signal coverage.
The MiniTAG is designed to determine the location of devices. In particular: handheld devices.
The MiniTAG creates a location every hour and therefore provides a good indication of where your equipment was used that day or where it device was left behind the day before.
Because it only covers the Netherlands, the MiniTAG is not directly considered a security tool, but in case of theft within the Netherlands it can give you a good idea of where your stolen device can be found.
WWHAT THE MINITAG IS NOT DESIGNED FOR
The MiniTAG is not designed to track fast moving objects such as cars. Regent Mobile offers several products that are specifically designed for this purpose. Please contact the Regent Mobile helpdesk for advice. Triangulation within the KPN LoRa network is most effective when the MiniTAG is stationary or moving at a speed lower than 30 kilometers per hour.
Your MiniTAG creates a location in spot A at 12:00 pm
At 1:00 pm, the MiniTAG tries to create a new location as it is being transported. Your MiniTAG is moving faster than 30 km/h, but it still catches 1-2 new masts. It therefore detects that it is unlikely to still be in the same location.
At 2:00 pm, your MiniTAG has been at spot B for some time when it tries to create a new location. It catches some masts here. If the signal strength is sufficient, it will immediately create a new location. However, if the MiniTAG only catches a few masts, it may be another hour before it identifies the correct location. This is why we specify that the MiniTag creates a new location every 1 to 3 hours.