Track Your Child's Location Using GPS

There's something about becoming a parent that seems to raise your paranoia quotient; it probably has a lot to do with becoming responsible for another human being's safety and welfare--especially when that being lacks the years of experience, wisdom, and distrust that adults eventually accumulate. Of course, it doesn't help when the evening news is rife with stories of child kidnappings. Whether rational or not, it is this primal fear of losing a child combined with propensity for the news to cover seemingly every child kidnapping story that has given rise to the burgeoning market of child-tracking and child-location devices.

There are number of different child-tracking and child-location devices from various manufacturers on the market--and they use a variety of different technologies ranging from RF to GPS. RF solutions work indoors and out, but typically function only over limited distances of several hundred feet--or even less if they are transmitting though walls (the BrickHouse Locator, which is featured in a Duracell commercial uses RF). GPS has potentially unlimited range, but only works when the device has a fairly unobstructed view of the sky--and they seldom work when indoors.

U.K.-based company, Lok8u, has just announced its GPS-based child-tracking device, the num8. The num8 is disguised as a working digital watch that your child wears; inside the watch is a GPS antenna and "proprietary Cell ID technology." The device is waterproof and can work for up to 100 hours on single charge.

You can locate your child from either a mobile phone or from an Internet-connected computer. From phones, you can send a text message that reads "WRU," and receive an SMS message back with the closest street address and zipcode. On a computer, you use the "Lok8u secure portal" and "your child’s location is then presented as an icon on Google maps." If the device is removed from your child's arm, it sends out an SMS or e-mail alert. You can also setup "safe zones," where you will receive an automatic alert if your child moves outside of the designated area. The num8 is accurate to within about 10 feet.

The num8 is not shipping yet--it will be available starting in the U.K. in March for £149.99 (MSRP), and then in the U.S. in "late spring." A price has not been set for the U.S. yet, but the U.K.'s price presently converts to about $222 U.S. dollars. In addition to the cost of device, there will also be a monthly subscription plan to utilize the service. U.K. pricing for the various subscription plans range from £4.99 per month (for one text alert per month, additional alerts cost extra) up to £19.99 per month (for unlimited texts).

Some folks will regard this type of technology as too invasive or potentially delving into the realm of paranoia; while others will see it peace of mind for when their children are out of sight. For those who are considering the num8 or other similar GPS-based technologies, be aware that they will only work when outside; once your child enters a building, the GPS antenna will no longer be able to ascertain its location--although presumably it should remember its last known location and the cell service should still be able to transmit.
Via:  Lok8u
peti1212 5 years ago

Hmmm... This is pretty interesting, but it is kind of creepy at the same time. My parents trust me on everything, and it seems that I am the good boy in the family. lol, but I wouldn't want a GPS tracking system that could tell my parents were I am at. Not that it would show them something that they would care about, but it's just kind of creepy. What if somebody could hack into the device and find you and spy on you? Just like the pace-makers it is possible to hack them even with high level of security.

tanka12345 5 years ago

Yeah, it seems like over protective parents would use these. And wouldn't the child eventually realise their watch was tracking them? And Hacking would be a problem too.

Der Meister 5 years ago

Very Creepy


peti1212 5 years ago

My friend actually has the built in GPS system for tracking vehicles in her car. That's creepy too, and also if she gets past the given speed limit, her parents can shot down the car remotely. BTW, they are rich that's why they have that.

bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

[quote user="peti1212"]

My friend actually has the built in GPS system for tracking vehicles in her car. That's creepy too, and also if she gets past the given speed limit, her parents can shot down the car remotely. BTW, they are rich that's why they have that.


Sounds like they could freaking kill her. Going over the speed limit and the car shuts off and then she is strained on the high way. The GPS thing seems like a good idea for a small child, at a fair or what not.

Super Dave 5 years ago

There are guys that I work with that really need to have this kind of technology attached to them.

Thunder Chunks 5 years ago

Whilst every parent wants the best for their kids I think that this takes it too far. You need to have an element of trust in a family and I think this breaks it. Soon it will be CCTV cameras in bedrooms and drug testing kits a the front door;)

I already worry about my kids enough that I have moved for better schools and a nicer way of life for them but that is my choice and should be  better move for every one involved, GPS tracking on kids just reeks of paranoia.

peti1212 5 years ago

I would say that this would only come handy if your kid has some serious problems getting home from school or leaving with friends and not comming home at night. But then those kids are not well raised by the parents if they behave like that, so I would only suggest this device for those poeple that do not listen and behave.

3vi1 5 years ago

I think you guys are approaching this wrong: You're thinking "teenager" instead of "kid".

My seven-year-old would welcome this watch. Not because I could keep track of where he is, but because if some sicko grabs him he will know I'm on the way.

I live about 40 miles from downtown Houston, and hear stories about kids in neighboring towns being approached by strangers every few months. That's why I make my kids take handy-talkies with them even if they're just bicycling around the block.

Technology isn't intrinsically good or evil: It's how you apply it.

QSmith 2 years ago

Pretty interesting! There isn't a parent in the world that wouldn't love to be able to know where their children are at any time of the day or night. Imagine, no matter what time of the day or night it is you can log onto your computer and in 30 seconds you can know the exact location of your son or daughter. I was so glad that last month, while reading an article on a blog, it mentioned that there was a service I could use to track my kids to be sure they were always in safe places. At the bottom it said I could follow the site (site removed) and be entered for a drawing of 6 months free of the service. Not bad! (link removed - links to sites that sell products or services constitutes forum SPAM)

Post a Comment
or Register to comment