GPS Tracking Devices: What to Consider When Researching Trackers

_DSC0971Jake is a cheerful and curious child who enjoys exploring his environment.  His mother, Dreama, called us with concerns because he was running from his school classroom. Jake does not communicate verbally so Dreama was worried that if he left the campus, he would get lost and not be able to ask for assistance. She called SimplyHome asking about a GPS device that could be attached to Jake and provide tracking to locate him. Given cellular technology, there is a wide range of GPS products in the market today.  Most are sold as pendants or watches, but innovations in equipment have even led to the creation of GPS trackers being embedded in shoes.  Just as with any product, GPS equipment varies in price, service, and effectiveness so you may want to consider the following guidelines when researching trackers:

  • What kind of cellular service is needed for the device to be tracked?  Some units only work if a particular cellular phone service is available.
  • What kind of range does the tracker have?  There is a misconception that GPS trackers can locate/pinpoint someone directly where they are.  Ask about the distance involved in determining the location of the device.
  • What kind of services are offered and what fees are associated with them?  Does the company just provide tracking or is there a "geofence" option?  A geofence is an area around a particular location that if a person leaves that area, a notification can be sent.
  • What are the fees associated with the equipment?  The cost of the product may not include the cost of tracking and/or notifications.
  • How are notifications delivered?  Are they automated or is there a call center involved?  Are there text, phone call and/or email options?

SimplyHome's GPS Care Watch

The Care Watch is actually a tiny cellphone combined with an ultra-accurate GPS location system. Users are completely protected wherever GSM cell service exists. Worn as a watch or a pendant, it’s activated with the simple push of a button.

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