No More Hide and Seek with GPS Tracking

Children and GPS

Anyone who’s read enough on the basics of GPS tracking can get a pretty good idea of its uses—among the many, the ability to track lost individuals (pets or human). Wouldn’t parents love to have that technology at their fingertips for their children. However, the cost for that kind of equipment, i.e. a smartphone with the appropriate app for GPS tracking, goes into the hundreds of dollars, and an electronically monitored pet collar like Tagg is not an option on kids (besides, it’s unfashionable). As of summer 2013, that won’t be a problem.   What is the Evado Filip Vivoplay?Read More

Tennessee Considers GPS for School Buses

School Kids GPS

When you think about it, school bus drivers are key players when it comes to the safety of our children. Once or twice every weekday, they take kids on the road to and from school in a large vehicle that is surprisingly difficult to operate safely. In Tennessee, buses are not required to have seat belts, so if an accident does occur, the danger to children is much higher than if they had been in a family vehicle. A recent crash in Washington County, Tennessee has officials looking into the possibility of using GPS devices to reduce the chances ofRead More

The GPS Personal Locator: Introducing the New Lassie

Elderly-Dementia

Forget about Lassie. A GPS personal locator could be the device that saves your life. Certain GPS devices allow users to send distress signals when they feel ill or threatened. In emergency situations, those signals can mean the difference between life and death.   GPS Device Saves Life of Arizona Man  Consider this story. In July, a volunteer at Tonto National Forests found himself facing a medical emergency. The 72-year-old was working with water samples in the middle of the Superstition Mountains, far away from any help.   If this situation were a movie, Lassie would have run for help.Read More

Tracking Down Sex Offenders Accurately with GPS

Recently, law enforcement officials from over fifty counties in California met to discuss better tracking methods for sex offenders in their neighborhoods and communities. The CA Department of Corrections also announced an improvement in their offender tracking method. The DOC reported that their parole officers were spending too long with office-bound data reviewing, and too little time on the field. Therefore, California is now requiring the companies that provide offender-tracking GPS units to provide better data, including more accurate alerts and higher priority alerts for more serious offenders. By making these stricter requests of the companies who provide GPS trackingRead More

Autism on the Rise

Several health and scientific journals have recently reported that Autism is on the rise. The reason (or reasons) why Autism is becoming more common is largely unknown. Many scientists point to the environment while others point to poor nutrition. As health experts attempt to solve the Autism mystery, more and more people responsible for Autistic children and adults are turning to GPS technology. A recent story about a 4-year old Autistic child has caused a lot of parents to consider GPS tracking bracelets for Autistic children. Jackson Kastner went missing one day while his mother was unloading groceries. Panicked, Kastner’sRead More

FTC: Updates to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Created

A growing number of children under the age of 13 are using smartphones, which has prompted the Federal Trade Commission to update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  It was passed in 1998 to protect our children under 13 while online, and is the reason sites like Facebook require users to be over the age of 13 to register. The problem: millions of kids under the age of 13 are still signing up for these accounts, with or without parental consent, by lying about their age.  The FTC is trying to make it mandatory for a minor to obtainRead More

Childhood Obesity: Could Aging Playgrounds Be At Fault?

University of Western Ontario researchers, in an attempt to address the growing childhood obesity problem, have uncovered some interesting facts about active lifestyles (or more accurately: the lack thereof) of school children. The study included asking a group of children in London, Ontario, to wear GPS devices (ages ranged from 5th to 8th graders). The GPS trackers keep track of each child’s whereabouts, while an accelerometer tracked activity levels. In addition, each student kept a journal documenting their activities. All of this data helped bring to light some interesting facts. The most important information gained was the design of schoolyardRead More

Maryland School Buses Go High-Tech with GPS

School districts all over the US are dealing with budget cuts thanks to the weak economy, and officials in Maryland think they’ve found the answer to dwindling funds and school bus operations. The school board in Prince County, MD decided to equip their buses with GPS trackers allowing them to monitor the safety of school children and bus drivers as well.  The devices will be affixed to a fleet of nearly 200 buses over the next few months, and will track the speed of  drivers. An email alert will be sent to observers is speeding occurs.  The GPS trackers willRead More

Australian Boy Hit By Train: Parents Call for GPS Trackers

Perhaps GPS tracking could have averted a tragic accident on March 30. The sad story of Kieran hit the news last Thursday morning. The six-year-old autistic boy wandered from his home in Geelong, a city in the Australian state of Victoria, around 6 p.m. By 7 p.m., police had been alerted by several phone calls, including people who had seen the boy crossing a highway, and were searching for the lost child. About half an hour later, a train on its way to Warrnambool struck and killed the boy. The driver saw someone on the tracks and pulled the emergencyRead More

Australian Autistic Boy Hit by Train

Perhaps GPS tracking could have averted a tragic accident on March 30. The sad story of Kieran hit the news last Thursday morning. The six-year-old autistic boy wandered from his home in Geelong, a city in the Australian state of Victoria, around 6 p.m. By 7 p.m., police had been alerted by several phone calls, including people who had seen the boy crossing a highway, and were searching for the lost child. About half an hour later, a train on its way to Warrnambool struck and killed the boy. The driver saw someone on the tracks and pulled the emergencyRead More