Pikavu GPS tracker teaches kids to abandon privacy for safety

Joseph L. Flatley
J. Flatley|12.16.09

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Pikavu GPS tracker teaches kids to abandon privacy for safety
You can't put a price on your child's well-being -- but if you could, we're guessing that it'd fall a little short of the €990 (roughly $1,440) that's being charged for the Pikavu Express Locator. A child-friendly (read: gaudy) take on the Keruve GPS tracker being used to keep track of Alzheimer's patients, the package includes a water- and impact-resistant watch that locks to your kid's wrist and a 4.2-inch touchscreen base station. Four positioning systems (SBAS-GPS, indoorVision, VisionCellid and T-GSM) are employed to keep track of the little guy, and the watch itself has a battery life of up to 4.5 days. Expensive? Indeed. Worth the investment? Well, we don't know your kids -- but probably not. PR after the break.
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Pikavu arrives, a locator for children consisting of a watch with GPS and a portable receiver

Pikavu is the fastest and most secure: the child is always reachable, even if it is in an area without GPS coverage

We present globally the fast and secure Pikavu express locator ( http://www.pikavu.com ), consisting of a GPS wristwatch and a portable receiver.

Often, either on the beach, park or in places with large crowds of people, children are mislead and are lost sight of by the parents. These situations cause great distress to the child and parents. With Pikavu locator, parents can locate their children before they are put in danger.

Pikavu consists of a GPS wristwatch worn by the child, and a portable receiver for the parent, that lets quickly locate the child. Wristwatch and receiver communicate directly, without limit of distance, quickly and effectively.

The GPS wristwatch is water resistant and impact resistant and comes with safety lock, so the child can't remove it, nor other people. Has an alert button that when pressed for 5 seconds, sends an alarm to the portable receiver. Thanks to its 4 positioning systems (SBAS-GPS, indoorVision, VisionCellid and T-GSM), in just 10 seconds it's possible to locate the position of the child, despite being in a place with no GPS coverage, in which case the device automatically check alternate positioning system. The Pikavu wristwatch is lightweight (weighs only 36 grams), has an attractive design for children and is available in two different colors: blue and pink. Has a battery life of 3.5 days, extendable to 4.5 days if you activate the battery-saving system.

The portable receiver has a touch screen of 4.2inch. The creative team of Pikavu is aware that, in moments of nervousness, it is essential to give parents a fast and easy to use device, equipped with an intuitive interface, this is why the receiver is specifically designed to locate the child as quickly as possible, even in places where no roads or maps are not available, for example, in a park, or on the beach: in this case, an arrow indicates the parent the right direction to move to find fastly the child. Pikavu handling is extremely simple: just press the 'locate' button in the portable receiver and the screen will display the exact position of the child wearing the wristwatch.

The portable receiver comes with wordwide maps, that are downloaded automatically when the child is located. Works with rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and charger is included in the pack.

Pikavu costs 950€ and is now on sale directly on their web http://www.pikavu.com.

About Vision Localization Systems

Vision Localization Systems, is a pioneer in the research, design and comertialization of miniaturized locators for people with high risk of wandering. In 2004, they decided to concentrate its efforts on sectors of society with serious problems that need and demand a solution. For this reason in its first stage focused on developing Keruve, familiar direct locator ( http://www.keruve.com ) specialized people with Alzheimer's. In 2009, the launch of Pikavú involves the use of this expertise to this children's location system, which was demanded by requests from hundreds of parents. Vision Localization Systems develops its own technology from a continous investigation of the needs of its customers.

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