The AmberAlert GPS, is "The Intelligent Way to Keep Families Connected and Safe", today unveiled an infographic that explains how Smart Locators make it easier for families to stay connected and protected. In the course of raising a family, over 90% of parents will at some point lose track of a child. Kids are curious beings, so it’s not surprising that every 40 seconds a child goes missing in the US and close to 50% of autistic kids wander each year. These panic stricken moments are usually the result of a child misunderstanding directions, being lost, running or wandering away.
With today’s busy schedules and dual-working parents, it’s not only about locating the whereabouts of family members that’s important, but also staying connected. Smart Locators, unlike tracking devices, have two key additional functions. In addition to providing the known location of a person, they have 2-way mobile voice capability, and can be pre-programmed to send specific types of alerts to parents and caregivers.
“These are important distinctions”, said Alan Baratz, CEO of Amber Alert GPS. “Tracking a set of car keys or a misplaced phone is very different from knowing the location of a person. The ability to receive an alert when, for example, your child is entering or leaving a designated area, or is within 500 feet of a registered sex offender’s home can provide invaluable information to a parent. For little kids who are still too young for a cell phone, a smart locator allows them, with the push of a button, to get a hold of you or send an SOS alert if they feel threatened. From a kids perspective, it’s like a modern day walkie-talkie, but so much more powerful”.
“Preventing the wandering away or loss of our kids is priceless,” said Robert Siciliano, a national expert on personal security. “A lot can happen in five minutes when dealing with a child. Making sure the device provides GPS reporting on a five minute interval without draining the battery, is crucial. Using an innovative tool like the Amber Alert GPS Smart Locator, enables families to easily locate loved ones and keep track of their kids anytime, from anywhere”.
The Amber Alert GPS Smart Locator is a trusted device used by thousands of families and caregivers nationwide, in a variety of ways. It not only provides peace of mind for kids going to-and-from school, but is also used by families during sleepovers, after-school sports practice, playing on the beach and traveling internationally. Furthermore, family members prone to wandering due to autism, Alzheimer’s and other disabilities, use the Amber Alert GPS Smart locator as an additional set of eyes and ears.
The same level of innovation that goes into the Amber Alert GPS Smart Locator is also used in the accompanying smartphone mobile apps. Available on iPhone® and Android™, they allow you to keep track of your kids anytime, from anywhere. Families can download the free mobile app and purchase the Amber Alert GPS smart locator here or at AT&T stores nationwide. In addition, Amber Alert GPS is making it more affordable than ever for families nationwide to purchase a smart locator. For a limited time, families who purchase an Amber Alert GPS smart locator from AT&T will receive $100 bill credit from AT&T when they activate a new line of service – at less than $30 dollars for the smart locator, it’s a great way for families to stay connected and safe.