that reigns in the power of multiple
satellites in order to make sure that little Jimmy can not step out of sight
without a loving parent having intimate knowledge of his every move. If you thought
that the Sazo was a bit pricey and have also already given your child a mobile
phone, then KidsOk provides a decent alternative. Rather than a separate unit,
the Kidscape charity endorsed service is a simply addition to existing mobile
phone technology; you enter the numbers you want as a tracker, the one you want
tracked and then for the subscription period you can check up on your kids
location via GSM.
A two word text then acquires immediate
feedback of the child’s location with an overlaid street map, which is known as a ‘ping’. The RRP of £39.95
includes a one year subscription, a £1 donation to the Kidscape charity and 10 pings. Subsequent pings are bought in blocks of 20
for £9.95 which will hopefully ensure that paranoia doesn’t set in too heavily.
Additional mobiles can be added for £4.95.
So how does this compare to the Sazo
service? As explained, KidsOk is a lot cheaper, but the cost is in accuracy.
Sazo uses GPS technology, which, though not explicitly stated by the company,
has the potential for a great deal more accuracy than the GSM alternative.
KidsOk state that its service will give accurate results to within 500m, and
that, especially in the confines of a city, is quite a long way as the massive red circle on the pic indicates quite well.