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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Do you have a child, senior, wife, or husband whose safety is your concern?

There is a great little gadget that I found the other day while surfing the internet. It is a pocket sized GPS or Global Positioning System unit. This device is small enough to fit into a pocket, briefcase, computer bag, or backpack.

The idea behind this little James Bondish piece of technology is that its location can be followed via satellite. The unit itself can send you real time updates by sending you text messages notifying you of its current location; even opening a communications line allowing you to hear any sounds or conversations around the unit. Following the location of the unit is also possible by internet.

The unit has a “Panic Button” that when activated will notify pre-programmed contacts of an “emergency” situation. There is even a “Geofencing” alert which will notify the same pre-programmed contacts if the unit is moved more than 500 meters from a preset position. It works via GPS and GSM cell networks (Cingular & T-Mobile) meaning that you only have to insert a SIM from your existing telephone network for the unit to work. No monitoring fees from the manufacturer of the unit itself.

If you are a parent, this is a wonderful way to keep track of your child. By discreetly placing the unit inside the pocket or jacket of your child then programming into the unit the schools location or that of your home, the unit can notify you if the child has been moved from that location without your permission.

This unit can be easily placed on the visor of a car, in your lap-top carrier, or pretty much anything you would want to find again if stolen.

One of the worst things that can happen to a person of any age is abduction. A woman wrestled into a dark hallway in a parking structure can activate the “panic” button thus notifying a loved one the she needs help. A senior citizen has a major medical problem either at home or while shopping. The unit can let loved ones know that something happened then assist them in finding that person whether he/she is conscious or not.

Of course the best defense is living a life that does not put you or loved ones into situations where there might be increased risk but sometimes things can go very wrong very quickly through no fault of our own. It is for these times that “chance favors the prepared”. Take care my friends. ;o)

(This is not a paid endorsement of any device or service.)


cube said...

Cool little gadget. My daughters wouldn't agree :-)

David Tamayo said...

I had the same response from mine. ;o) Sometimes though it is tough doing what is right. Like I always say, it is better to have and not need then to need and not have. I also make it very well known to my children that their reasonable expectation of privacy begins when they live on their own and pay their own bills. ;o)

Kirhat said...

This is definitely one cool thing to have. My son may not think so at this time, but he will soon understand that his safety is one of my major concern.

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David Tamayo said...

Kirhat: I agree about with everything you said my friend. ;o)

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