In May, I wrote about SecuraTrac, a company that specializes in GPS tracking. In June, I had the opportunity to put the SecuraPal to test – at Walt Disney World.
Before leaving for our trip, I signed into my account on the SecuraTrac website and created “fences” for the areas my family and I would be visiting while in Florida. SecuraFences are safety zones that you configure within your account. You can create an unlimited number of fences; for instance, I created a separate fence for each of the Disney World parks we visited. When you activate a fence, your SecuraPal will send you text and/or email alerts when the person carrying it goes outside of the area you created.
The SecuraPal (GPS tracking device) is small and comes with a case. It was easy to attach the device to my preschooler either by stringing her belt through it, hanging it from a belt loop with a hook or sticking it in one of her pockets. There were many occasions where I lost sight of her in the parks. Have you been to Disney World? It’s quite easy to lose sight of people. She wanted to be right next to her cousin the entire time, not her parents.
(From your account dashboard, you can see the SecuraPal’s exact location in 5, 15, 30 or 60 minute increments)
Honestly, it eased my mind a little knowing that if something should happen to separate us, she could press a button to alert us (triggering an alert via text message and/or email to one or multiple assigned contacts). We would also be alerted if she was “outside of the fence” we previously created and activated online. We could check our SecuraTrac account from the iPhone and pinpoint her location. Knowing that we were being proactive in finding her, helped me to not worry so much. We were fortunate that no one in our group got lost, though, the peace of mind that this little device gave me was priceless.
There are many ways you can put this kind of technology to use. Chris Holbert, SecuraTrac’s founder, suggested giving it to your teenager before he or she leaves the house. Who’s the cool kid that doesn’t have to check in with mom and dad? Attach it to your dog’s collar before he goes out to “do business”. Does he bolt, like our family dog? You can find him easy enough now.
Stick it in the stroller when Grandma or the nanny takes the kids for a walk to the park. I know right where they are and when they’re coming back. Have a tween that likes to go to the movies with friends? Stick it in her purse before she leaves the house.
If it’s not already obvious, I think this is an awesome product and service and completely endorse it.