Tracking Down Everyone and Everything
The Tile hidden in my wallet had let me down. The thieves who stole it had taken the cards and cash and chucked the wallet away, or so I presume. The cards turned up by the wallet was never to be found. This is despite me activating the lost mode on it.
The Tile Bluetooth tracker is still a great product. It’s great for things around the house that aren’t likely to make it too far away or for things unlikely to be stolen. However, it’s not likely to help if something is out of reach of your phone.
However, projecting into the future, we’re likely going to see a version long range version of these trackers become available. Within 10 years, the equivalent of the Tile as a low power, LPWAN device is highly likely. That means that always every object of value greater than several times the price of the tracker is going to be tracked. Every laptop. Every backpack, every car, pair of sneakers… you’ll be able to track them.
On top of this, the intelligence will get better at looking for patterns of something being stolen. We’ll get smarter alerts and maybe even heat maps of where crimes might be happening. Then, the public will be able to hold governments accountable against true crime statistics.
For those looking to steal, at least petty theft, it’s going to be more difficult. Better bring along some foil bags.