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The advantages and disadvantages of tracking your elderly loved ones

Some time ago, one Marc Regimbal could not find his three-year-old child for just 20 minutes. He was later quoted as saying that it was the hairiest moment of his entire life and he dedicated himself to making sure that it would never happen again. For the following four years, he came up with a tracking device that combined GPS and Smartphone tech to help locate someone who is lost at any time. It was called the Childtrac, one of the first GPS tracking devices in the world.

Although the tracker was developed for children at first, there was an increased demand for the devices from a completely different demographic. It was now being sought out by people who wanted their elderly loved ones to be monitored at all times. People who had loved ones suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s wanted to know if the devices could be geared towards looking after these people.

Some of the advantages of GPS tracking watches are not easy to realise. Here are some of them:

Wearables are better

When it comes to people with Dementia or Alzheimer, wearable GPS tracking devices are better than those that a person can carry. One would argue that using the location function and calling features of  Smartphone is enough to track and elderly person. However, these are people who may forget to even carry the phone. They need something that they can wear and will not need to remove for the rest of the day. This is why watches or pendants becamethe best way to track the elderly.

Wearables give independence

There are people who prefer assisted living or care giving for the elderly under their care. This means getting them a companion who goes wherever they go, when the person needs to go outside. Although it is great for the elderly person to have someone to talk to, it can sometimes feel like their personal space is shrinking. Having a wearable GPS tracking watch will allow the person to go out alone, and feel free to do whatever he or she wants. The concerned party will also have peace of mind, knowing that they can tell where the elderly person is at any time.

Apart from the naysayers, there are  no disadvantages of tracking the elderly using GPS tracking watches. These are people who, in most cases,understand that the measures being taken are supposed to keep them safe, while still allowing them to be autonomous. Any person would prefer to be monitored remotely, rather than have a chaperone trailing around at all times.

There is no argument that can be passed against the use of GPS tracking watches on the elderly. These are people who want to be free, but also know that they are in danger of getting lost, should their memory fail them.

WatchOvers is an application that is best suited for the monitoring or your elderly loved ones. The watches we provide are fashionable for the elderly and they will love wearing them at all times.

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GPS Tracking for children – rational idea or paranoia

There has been a lot of interesting debate over the use of GPS tracking for children. GPS tracking watches are watches that have GPS tracking ability, basically used to monitor the movement of the child and also provide rescue information should the child be in any danger. There are people who get upset by the main rationale that is behind the use of these devices. Children are in danger whenever they step out of the door without your supervision. Proponents of freedom say that this is definitely paranoia and not reasonable thinking.

The rationale seems to say that people are living in a very depraved world today. It also assumes that should anything happen to the child, then it is automatically the fault of the parent, who will feel that he or she should have been there to protect the child. It supports the paranoid illusion that every parents should treat every day as potentially the last time that he or she will see the child. The worst should be expected at all times. There was a time when being a child was carefree.

Those who think that it is proper to send the children out with GPS watches say that they are preparing their children for the realities of life. The children should be aware of the dangers that they face – dangers such as traffic, changed plans, bad weather and more. Children should know how to stand up for themselves when faced with a threatening situation. They should also know how to ask for help, and who they should seek help from. It is the responsibility of the parent to let the child know that there are people out there who can harm them for a wide range of reasons.

That said, one can only deduce that it is alright to prepare the child, but not to venture into paranoia. Danger from strangers has been exaggerated by media reports and that the child is most likely at risk from people that they know.

GPS tracking watches do not prey on the fears of parents. They are reasonable tools that can be used to keep the child safe. It is not like the parent will be constantly checking to see where the child is, but getting an alarm when the child is in danger, or has crossed a geo-fence will help you monitor and keep the child safe at all times. The watches are not fear mongers as some people tend to think. It gives the parent some peace of mind when the child has to walk home from school.

The debate about the necessity of having your child wear a GPS tracking watch will continue unabated for a long time to come. However, the reduction of the rate of child abductions, or cases where children simply get lost, will prove that these devices are necessary. Just as you would buy a watch or Smartphone for your child, here is no difference in buying a watch simply because it has GPS tracking abilities. People should take this as the norm, keep their children safe, and simply move on with life as usual.

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Selecting GPS tracking watches for your children

Most people call it high-tech parental spying, while others say it is a way of keeping children safe when they are away from home. Whatever, the reason, when you do decide to buy a GPS tracking watch for your child, you need to know what to look for so you get the basic package right. There are those who would want advanced tracking features, but even the most basic will give you some degree of peace when your child is not at home. Here are some of the features that you should consider.

Practical vs. Fun

There are GPS tracking watches that have advanced no-nonsense tracking features, and these are best suited to teenagers and the elderly. For young children, there are watches that make it fun for the kid to wear and therefore encourage them to interact with the watch. Some will play games with the child to count the steps taken, and much more.

Pre-Paid or Pay-as-you-go

There are GPS tracking applications and devices that will allow you to pay for a contract in advance and others that allow you to buy the device and then pay for connectivity as you go along. Basically, prepaid solutions tend to be a lot cheaper in the long run and you know they will always have credit when you need it most.

Geo-fencing

This is the best way to keep track of your child. Rather than keep going back to the app to check on the child, select a watch that allows you to set the distance that a child is allowed to go. When they cross this boundary, you will get an alert and you can then check on the location of the child.

Battery life

You should pick a GPS tracking watch that has a long-lasting battery. There are some that will require charging on a daily basis, and there are others that can go for 4 to 5 days on a single charge depending on the settings. The battery life is important since it would be of no use when the battery goes off and your child is away from home. You will not be able to get any tracking data from the watch.

Durability

Children will always be children, and they will play games that may affect the watch and how it operates. You need to get a device that will stand up to rugged treatment. You also need a watch that is water-proof, given that children will be less than careful when washing their hands and the watches will get wet. Always pay attention to warranties when it comes to the durability of the device, so you know what is covered under the warranty.

Two-way communication

You need to get a watch that allows for 2-way communication. This enables you to call the child at any time, and have the child call you when necessary. The watch will operate like a mobile phone, adding more assurance to both parent and child.

WatchOvers provides you with the best GPS tracking watches, and the most-advanced GPS tracking application. Be at peace at all times with WatchOvers.

 

 

Add GPS tracking watches to your back-to-school shopping list

 

Not many years ago, one mothers, Brinna Stanton, found out that her 4-year-old boy had autism. However, the mother wanted the child to have as normal a life as possible given his condition. The boy had a habit of wandering off, and it became necessary to by a GPS tracking watch for the child. At first, the school found this to be against policy and Brinna had to fight really hard to get the child to be permitted to school while wearing the device.

Today, the situation has changed. Most schools have now embraced the fact that parents want their children to wear GPS tracking watches, whether they are autistic or not. The safety of children in school has become a priority in any communities and schools have changed their rules so as to permit the watches in class.

As a parent, this means that you should be considering buying a GPS tracking watch for your child for this year. The watches come with added features and the apps have been upgraded to give you more functions on the watches. You do not have to worry about being labeled a “Helicopter Parent”, since the watches are now considered to be a “must-have” in most schools. When it comes to selecting the GPS tracking watch and app that you will use, you need to do your due diligence and find one that is cost effective. You need an app that will provide you with:

  • The best tracking application the best connectivity at all times
  • The best devices in terms of durability
  • Watches that are easy to operate, given that they will be given to young kids
  • Be able to set the watch on mute during school hours
  • Not have the Silent listening feature which is banned in several countries
  • An app that is not costly to install or operate.

When you look at the features of WatchOvers, you realize that this is the best GPS tracking solution for your child.

  • The app picks the strongest network, thereby enabling you to keep track of your child at all times
  • All data is protected using 128 Bit encryption, ensuring that no unauthorized person can also locate your child.
  • You get notifications when the battery is low, or safety zones have been crossed
  • You can create safe zones within which your child must remain.
  • You can use the device to call just like any other mobile phone.

With Our GPS tracking watches, your children are always monitored and you can protect them easily in this manner. When it comes to school-going children, mothers like Brinna set the ball rolling allowing you to be able to send your child to school with this device. When you are considering your back-to-school shopping list, ensure that you have GPS tracking watches as one of the priority items. You can be sure that yourchild will appreciate it, and you will have peace of mind for the rest of the year when your child is away at school.

Kids GPS Watches Bring Relief to Parents

It can happen to anybody. You just take your eyes off your child and the next thing you know, he or she is gone. Many parents who have been through this harrowing experience know how bad it can get. Sometimes the child has just innocently wandered off, but the feeling of panic is unforgettable.

There have been myriad stories of people who lose their kids at amusement parks and spend a few scary minutes shouting for their children. With a kids GPS tracker, this is not an issue anymore; if you go to Disney Land and lose your child, you only need to access the GPS tracking information on your Smartphone, and this will lead you right to your child, or you can simply call them.

Widevariety of GPS tracking devices for kids
Looking at the kids GPS tracker market, one gets amazed at the wide variety of trackers available. You can get one that lookslike a pendant and others that can be clipped to the backpack of the child. One of the most popular has come in the form of a wearable watch.

The kids GPS watch has taken market by storm, and kids are actually loving having them on. The watches are trendy, show the time, and come with a wide range of features, apart from the tracking function.

Functions of GPS tracking watches
Basically, the watch will tell the time, so the child knows when to get home and when to do their homework. However, the Smartwatch comes with amazing features and here are some of them.

  • 2-way calling – These amazing devices will allow for the making of calls to certain preset numbers in the case of an emergency
  • SOS – with just a push of a button, these kids GPS watch will send a message to emergency numbers and also make an SOS call.
  • Safe Zones – It allows you to create safe zones within which a child must remain. If the child goes out of these zones, then an emergency alert is sent.
  • Strongest Mobile network – WatchOvers devices have advanced SIM cards which will pick the strongest mobile network within any area.

The kids tracker watch is an innovative device that will certainly put the mind of a parent at ease at all times. However, as with any good innovation, there are those who feel that the watches infringe on the rights and development of the child.

What do the naysayers say?
There are those groups that say that the rights of the child are being overlooked. That a teenager should be able to be free and learn to make the right decisions with regards to remaining in safe areas.

They say that children are afraid of being adventurous and are becoming timid because they are being monitored. This is probably the farthest from the truth, as most kids feel safer knowing they can just push a button and get the help they need when it is necessary.

All-in-all, the numbers say it all – more children are opting to have a GPS tracker for kids. It has actually become a trend.

Kids Love the Assure Smartwatch from WatchOvers!

The results are in! Kids everywhere love the new Assure watch from WatchOvers. And with all of the features of many modern smartwatches, what’s not to love?

Let’s face it, children love technology. They have tablets, laptops and smartphones at younger ages than many parents thought possible. Even diehard parents who swore not to let their children have tech devices too early, are realising the benefits these devices have to offer. Educational games and apps, entertainment, information and connectivity are all of the top features parents love. Children love the idea of having tech devices like Mum and Dad and are often better at using them. One feature that both parents and children can agree on as a favourite is the fact that they can stay on contact is case of an emergency.

Being able to contact your child in an emergency is every parent’s concern and the Assure watch makes that possible. Children can phone their parents to let them know that they will be late and parents can contact their children to make sure they are safe. One of the most important features of the Assure watch is the SOS feature which makes it easy for any child to call their parents and at the same time send out an emergency signal to their parents if there is trouble in school, while out with friends or anywhere. Parents can then use the GPS locator to find out where their child is and talk to them while coming to help.

The Assure watch from WatchOvers is already one of the most popular wearables with children and we have made it even better. WatchOvers has added more talk time to the Assure watch bumping it up from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

WatchOvers has also reduced the monthly subscription rate from the 1st of September making the Assure watch even more affordable. To see the Assure watch from WatchOvers in action, click this link for an informative video demonstration.

WatchOvers Liberty GPS Location Watch Phone Product Review

It is great to get a product review of our WatchOvers Liberty watch phone from a technology manager dealing with assistive care.  Here is what Chris had to say:

WatchOvers Liberty GPS Location Watch Phone Product Review

Firstly. Thank you for providing the opportunity to trial your gps watch. Below is a brief report based on my observations, experience and subsequent thoughts.

Set up out of the box

Set up instructions were simple to follow for a lay person. No real issue here. The paper instructions and smart phone app were easy to negotiate.

Charging

No problem here. A good solid usb connection. Charge duration and subsequent battery life was consistent with other similar devices.

Wearing

Strap is comfortable. Options to change a strap for a conventional replacement or locking strap would be good. (despite sacrificing colour coordination – this one was lime green)!

Style

(Putting aside the colour) the watch was worn prominently without mention from any one as to what it was. This is a major plus as a barrier to adoption of any device is when it brings attention to a problem; becoming a badge of disability! Authenticity as ‘just a watch’ would be strengthened with a permanent time display on the screen. This would also be highly practical from a wearer’s perspective for day to day watch use.

Raising an alert

The button on the right side is quite small, though prominent enough to press.  Difficult to say how easy a person with memory issues (dementia) or dexterity issues would have pressing it for the desired time. Not a design gripe, just an obvious observation.

Two way speech

The communication was very clear.

App

As stated this was easy to install and easy enough to use. Alerts from the watch came through quickly and the map reference was highly accurate.

However on a couple of occasions when sending a location request from the smart phone the map loaded to show a world map before zoning into a correct location after some time. This was a little disconcerting! It would be better that no map was shown until a location was found.

Low battery notifications were very helpful.

Bespoke messages

I really liked the ability to send message prompts from app to watch for given times. This was a hidden gem; in itself a really useful feature with potential.

Summary

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Inconspicuous
  • Good notifications
  • Highly accurate gps pinpointing
  • Message facility

Cons

  • Inability to change strap (minor point)
  • No permanent time display

Conclusion

I would have no problem recommending this product to an appropriate end user. The various colour options do lend it to the target market (children), but I can see this colour choice being desirable to adults too. So long as the person will wear it (bearing in mind our usual target market is persons with dementia) the carer has an easy to use and accurate means to locate and communicate with a person.

Having a watch is a step forward from pendant type devices on the market. However well designed these pendants still carry some stigma of ‘disability’, and may be less likely to be on the person.

Chris M.  Assistive Technology Manager UK

Don’t Become A Statistic! With GPS tracking

Have you ever had that cold chill while your kids were playing outside; that moment when you realize you can’t see them anymore? Have you ever had a minor heart attack at a shopping mall when they leave your field of vision? This is probably when you found yourself wishing that you could track your child.

As a parent, your children’s safety is your every waking moment’s top priority. How many parents even struggle to trust that their children are safe at school anymore? It is a sad truth, but in today’s society, we can never have enough security when it comes to our children. A blink of an eye is all it takes and then there is next to nothing you can do to get that second back.

We need to step up our game and find new ways to ensure that we start taking back control over how we protect our kids, by finding ways that we know we will be in control when they are away from us. We are not superheroes and we can’t bend time or travel at the speed of light, but we can take tracking our children’s movements into our control.

With WatchOvers cutting edge technology, you can now track your children every minute of the day. The high-tech software that runs these kids GPS watches, let’s you know when they leave their programmed safe zone as well as when they re-enter it. You can pull up a tracking map to see when and where they have been, as well as communicate remotely via the built in SIM cards.

We understand that safety in today’s world is next to non-existent, and we know how hard it is to maintain any form of a watchful eye over our little-loved ones. We have taken those concerns and created a new innovative way to remotely keep them safe. It signals to your phone when they need to be recharged and you set alarms such as “come home for dinner”.  Of course you can now also call them directly or they can call you should something urgent arise.

These are all aspects we as parents at WatchOvers understand are necessary measures to ensure your piece of mind, and that of the little ones, who will know that they can make contact and be contacted at any given time.

That is not all we have taken into account with our tracking watches; for all intents and purposes watch is a fashion item, so we have designed these GPS watches in colors to suit all those little ones trending tastes.