In November of 2013, AT&T announced a new product intended for families with young children. Branded Amber Alert GPS after the child abduction alert system that was developed in memory of 9 year old Amber Hagerman, this technology lets parents keep closer tabs on where their kids go.
The smart locator connects to AT&T’s 3G network. These aren’t the bulkier devices that you would install a Glarestomper GPS hood on. They are
very compact and weigh approximately 1.5 ounces so it’s easy for small children to carry in a pocket or backpack.
The system is setup to offer more than simple positioning data. Parents can receive speed alerts when their child is inside a vehicle that is going faster than a predetermined speed limit. Zone alerts are also offered which allow parents to set a zone in an area they want to monitor. This could be school, their yard, a park or anywhere the child goes to play. When the device enters or leaves the zone with the child, the parent is immediately alerted.
Breadcrumbing lets parents know where their child is based on a preset schedule, essentially leaving a trail of digital breadcrumbs a parent can follow. An SOS button is also included so children can quickly alert parents if they need help. The SOS function tells the parent where the child is so they can head straight to that location and make sure everything is OK.
Amber Alert GPS also includes two-way voice calling as well as attachment options. The device can be monitored and controlled through a computer or mobile app so parents can check up anytime from just about anywhere. This specialized GPS technology could help save young lives, cut back on the cost of SAR (Search and Rescue) operations and give parents some peace of mind.