The system is somewhat similar to a mesh network, and when there are access points, it can easily cover an entire neighborhood, and the company developed it to help connect smart devices inside and outside your home.
Amazon Sidewalk connects smart home devices and other Amazon products using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), allowing connections outside of a standard wireless network.
Amazon Sidewalk is supposed to run at the neighborhood level, turning devices such as smart floodlights and home helpers into network bridges, passing security updates and commands from a central wireless hub.
In addition to sending software, the signals allow Amazon Sidewalk to triangulate a device’s approximate location based on its contacts with other devices that support the system.
The system is integrated into Echo devices, and Tile has also joined the project as the first third-party platform to support the system.
Amazon plans to add Ring cameras to the network later and notify device owners directly when Amazon Sidewalk is available for use.
A complete list of compatible devices is available at page The project.
Similar to a mesh network, adding more devices expands Amazon Sidewalk’s range and functionality, and it is imperative for Amazon to integrate the system into as many home appliances as possible.
“The network gets stronger when more neighbors are involved,” Amazon says Its plans For this system last year.
According to the company, the system is being used to simplify setting up the new device, extending the range of work for devices and helping devices stay online and up to date even if they’re outside the range of your home wireless network.
Location tracking functions are likely to be central to the success of the system, and to set it apart from the traditional wireless network systems offered by Google.
Amazon previously offered the Amazon Sidewalk feature using Ring Fetch devices, which are attached to the pet’s collar to track and alert you when it stray outside the designated area.
Amazon has put in place a number of privacy features aimed at preventing unauthorized users from collecting data, and the company is actively seeking to attract external partners for the project.
To demonstrate the utility of the system, Amazon partnered with the American Red Cross to see if the system could be used to track blood collection supplies between distribution centers and donation sites.