Keeping tabs on one’s target has for long been the go-to play for those of the insecure creed. You just never know what your partner, or indeed your employee, might be up to and hence one can easily resort to using cell phone technology to monitor one’s targets. And now, with the desire of conjuring up discrete means of cell phone tracking on a very steep rise, there are many companies who are vying to come up with new ideas to cater to our unrelenting paranoia.
New generation of Wearable Devices
Boston Scientific is heading a long queue of companies that have signed deals with major wireless carriers to support a new generation of wearable tracking products. These products bring together sensors, accelerometers, and GPS and cell towers to ensure the most accurate tracking possible. This incorporation streamlines the task of locating people, especially by making triangulation all the more sharp and accurate. This has also brought into focus the presence and importance of cell phone tracking and cell phone monitoring software which can help track people through the GPS on their phones.
Growing demand for GPS tracking devices connotes a growing market for these wearable devices. ABI Research, a firm that deals with all sorts of stats and data regarding track devices, has come up with the estimation that the market for GPS personal devices will increase by 40% each year, and would eventually exceed the $1 billion mark by 2017 – if the growth increases as predicted.
These devices are most notably used to track patients with Alzheimer’s. Those related with health matters have also touted the technology as a useful way of keeping track of medical conditions like EKG reading, heart rate, body temperature, and fluid, stress or dehydration level. And again, the accuracy factor is the device’s forte. Manual readings of all these variables has an indeterminable human error, whereas this technology not only ensures that any potential error is uniform, it also considerably reduces it.
Paying the price
With the growing market of this technology comes the incentive for wireless carriers to seek their personal growth. The inter-connectivity of devices makes the lure of making more money all the more irresistible for these carriers, ensuring that the consumer has to pay a hefty price to avail tracking services. Considering all the potential costs – ranging from the upfront payment to the subscription plan – the final sum could be anywhere between $10 and $40 per month.
Medical alert systems aren’t exactly an unknown commodity. However, the disparity between the devices of the landline era and the current technology is humongous. The current crop is more efficient in locating people; assessing movement; and discerning and exchanging relevant data in next to no time. This provides doctors, parents and everyone else who’s concerned their desired information in considerably less time and with a lot more detail.
What kind of wearable devices?
The devices this article has been peddling are “wearable devices”. They can be installed in vehicles or be worn by the targets. Like for example “Comfort Zone” is a service used to monitor people with Alzheimer’s. This is about the size of a Tic Tac, which makes its size convenient enough to be worn around the neck of even be inserted inside shoes. The same goes for Amber Watch GPS.
BioHarness sensors are another noteworthy example. They are worn as a patch by athletes, troops or even patients, and cloud servers monitor their health conditions to help out the doctors. Exmobaby – infant pajamas to monitor a baby’s emotional state – like BioHarness, make the devices wearable and convenient for both the target and the user.
There are many other examples of such devices, which ensure that the tracking source is wearable, and indeed borders on being fashionable as well.