On the wrong track

Computer Shopper - - LETTERS -

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.

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