On the wrong track
I have been a regular reader of
Computer Shopper for 30 years, but it wasn’t until I read your review of the TrackR Pixel (Shopper 358) that I was motivated to write in.
It seemed to me that an obvious application for this piece of kit – that of tracking vulnerable people, for example young children and elderly folks, those suffering dementia in particular – was not given a mention.
A quick surf of the web revealed more expensive GPS-enabled devices aimed at tracking children; however, as a device that is relatively inexpensive and that could be attached to clothing when out and about in busy areas with a child, it occurred to me this would give peace of mind should parents become temporarily separated from their children.
Similarly, for elderly folks, I was recently moved by a notice posted at a café at Newlands Corner in Surrey seeking help to find a gentleman who had gone missing from Epsom on his mobility scooter in July and had not been seen since. Maybe if one of these devices had been attached to the scooter, or his clothing, he may have been found.
Please keep up the good work – your magazine is an excellent way to keep up to date with technology, which seems to evolve at an ever faster rate. Peter Setter
The issue with Bluetooth tracking is that the results aren’t in real time. To find something that’s missing, you need someone with the right app installed to walk past the tracker. For a missing person, this would take too long.
A full GPS tracker is the best way to get real-time updates, which would better suit a child or an elderly person. As you point out, these devices are more expensive, and to track remotely you either need to install a SIM or sign up for a monthly data subscription.
Alternatively, for any child or person with a phone, the Google Maps app has a location-sharing option, updating you with their live position in real time.