Tile Trackers were first introduced in 2013 by Tile, Inc., a San Mateo-based company specializing in smart location technology. The idea behind Tile Trackers was to provide a simple and efficient solution to the common problem of losing everyday items like keys, wallets, and bags. With the use of Bluetooth technology, Tile Trackers can be easily attached or placed on personal belongings, allowing users to track their items through a companion mobile app.
To identify a tracker as a Tile product, look for the distinctive Tile logo on the device. Tile Trackers come in various shapes and sizes, including slim designs for wallets and credit cards, as well as larger ones suitable for attaching to keys or bags.
The Tile app, available for both iOS and Android devices, provides a range of features for locating items, including a "scan-and-secure" function which serves as an anti-stalking measure. With this feature, users can scan for any Tile devices in the vicinity, allowing them to detect and identify potential unauthorized trackers that might have been placed by strangers to track their movements.