Sunday, October 4, 2009

Understanding Radio & GPS Child Locators

A Google news search on the subject of child abductions will show that each and every day a abduction is attempted somewhere in the United States some of these are stopped while others are successful. This does not include attempted abductions which for some reason are not reported to the police or do not make the news. For the parents of today this is extremely disturbing news since we do not want our children to become the next news story.

Teaching kids about stranger danger does help significantly but the recent news story on the abduction of Jaycee Duggard so many years ago only shows that sometimes kids are just physically grabbed at the scene. Finding a child quickly will make the difference between them coming home safely and parents potentially never seeing their child again only to wonder what happened to them.

The modern technology available makes locating a child as simple as using a cell phone. But parents need to realize when shopping for a personal tracking device that not all of them operate the same. While some use GPS satellite navigation others only use radio frequencies. The difference between the two is a few hundred feet to almost limitless coverage. While the radio frequency models are cheaper and do not require a monthly fee they are very limited in that parents have to be within such a close distance for it to work and locate the child.

A child locator device like the Amber Alert uses GPS technology to locate the position of the child. Much like the GPS units that are being used in car navigation this personal tracking device is capable of working just about anywhere. Parents can access the coordinates by using their web enabled cell phone to find their child whether they are a few hundred yards or even miles away.

Of course many parents make the wrong assumption that anyone will be able to locate their child by accessing the GPS coordinates. This is not the case though since via a website parents can program in many customizable options on the child locator device so it fits their needs. From being able to program in what phone numbers can access the device to setting safety zones and temperature as well as speed alerts parents can make sure they can not only find their child but be notified when something is amiss.

While the Amber Alert GPS child locator may cost a little more than the models which use radio frequency the advanced range and options make this unit worth every penny spent. When the safety of a child is the thing at stake there should be no price tag too high for making sure they have a complete and happy childhood.

No comments:

Post a Comment