Qualcomm and the Microchip Industry (Quad) today announced a new device that they claim can help track the location of devices with microchip tracking, in addition to other types of tracking.
The company is working with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin testing the new tracking device in a pilot program.
The new device, dubbed the MicroChip Tracking Device, can track up to four individual devices, in order to track their location, including in different geographic areas, within a three-mile radius.
The device also tracks the exact location of the device at a given time, which can be useful when searching for someone.
“This new device is the next step in the journey toward the adoption of microchip microchip trackers in the public sector,” Qualcomm Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Lee said.
“It’s important for government agencies to be able to provide a comprehensive picture of the devices on the public’s radar,” he added.
Microchip devices are devices used in telecommunications, networking, and digital imaging, among other applications.
Qualcomm’s new tracking devices are built to work with the latest chip-based microchips, including the Qualcomm® X11, Qualcomm® Z8, and Qualcomm® U11.
Lee said the Micro Chip Tracking Device will help government agencies track all types of wireless devices, including mobile devices, smart phones, and IoT devices.
The company says the device will be available by the end of 2017, and is expected to be integrated with Qualcomm’s other microchip-based devices.
Qualcomm and the microchip industry have a long-standing relationship.
Qualcomm was one of the first chip companies to offer wireless tracking products, such as the Qualcomm Wireless RFID Tracker and the Qualcomm RFID Tracking Beacon, in 2014.
In addition, Qualcomm has developed its own microchip devices, such the Qualcomm™ RFID Microchip.