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Do I need a GPS tracker for my li'l one?

Do I need a GPS tracker for my li'l one?

 Children today are increasingly spending most of their time indoors after school.  It is how lifestyles has evolved over a period in urban areas. We all, as parents, know the importance of our child playing outside, mingling with other kids and how it can positively impact their social skills and general well being.

 Many of us who are parents today have spent our growing years playing, biking and exploring our neighbourhoods with gay abandon - not only did we make priceless memories that we cherish even now, being out there on our own gave us a unique sense of independence, awareness and taught us responsibility at an early age - these experiences moulded our impressionable personalities forever…

 But despite keenly wanting to offer our children the same freedom to explore and discover the world, the world is a lot less safer than it used to be. It’s a fact we are all keenly aware of and it’s something I personally find myself and other parents I know to be very conflicted about.

 Many parents would like their children to go play outside and not stay restricted indoors just because they are physically unable to be with them. Even though one may have access to reliable domestic help, wouldn’t it be invaluable to be able to keep a watch on them that isn’t based on trusting someone - something a lot more concrete, something secure and something that gives my child the power to reach out to me incase of need.

To tackle this universal concern, many parents are slowly coming around to the to idea of finding a balance - ‘Safety of children without curtailing independence’. And one key thing that has proven to be effective in recent years is trackers for our little ones - these trackers are small, inexpensive gadgets which are solely designed keeping children and parents of young children in mind. These gadgets are GPS trackers which are non-intrusive and low maintenance and can be worn on a wrist or can simply be dropped into a backpack or be tucked into a pocket.

 What range of benefits to these gadgets offer to parents?

These little gadgets offer a myriad range of benefits but the one that appeals the most is the peace of mind it offers an anxious or curious parent. Not only can they monitor your child’s movements with complete accuracy: you can create unlimited number of ‘safezones’ which may include schools, friends’ and extended family homes - whenever your child enters or exits these zones, you can get updates at a regular frequency.

 When parents feel secure and and at ease, we are bound to be less anxious while dealing with our children. This has a prominent trickle down effect - since kids pick up on parents’ anxiety, the lack of anxiety imbues kids with more confidence and positivity and helps them deal with everyday situations better.

Despite parents being cautious and giving safety instructions to children, kids can and often do wander and can find themselves lost or unsure of where they are - in such situations, child safety gadgets can be a Godsend as they often have communication facilities. Some GPS trackers like Spottr include SoS calling features that can connect a lost child with emergency contacts in seconds if not minutes and help them find their way back to a familiar area.

 For sometime now, parents with kids of all ages have been buying cellphones for kids especially so they can stay in constant contact. But from a safety perspective, cellphone usage has several drawbacks. Often in schools, kids are asked to keep their phone switched off and given limited battery life, may even be switched off; sometimes kids are not always reachable while playing sports or don’t take calls if they don’t hear the phone ring in noisy surroundings. In comparison, GPS gadgets don’t need you to rely on children - regardless of whether or not the child is occupied or indisposed, you will always be able to track a kid with a tracking kids ensure you’re in the loop of your child’s daily activities.

 In addition to the most evident benefits of keeping kids safe and parents in the know, using trackers encourages parents to have a more confident and relaxed relationships with their kids - they no longer need to be anxious or distracted during the day at work or home wondering what their kids are upto and kids can be spared a stream of questions from parents asking what they are upto!

How a feisty 6 year old shaped our entrepreneurial journey


Sapan Shah & Birendra JhalaSapan & Birendra


The best description of us, is doting parents. Two families, 3 kids aged 8, 5 & 5. Two daughters, one son. Although our personal association goes back decades, it was one short holiday 2 odd years ago that was a defining moment in our lives -  what transpired during our brief time away from home is what has driven us to this point today of launching Spottr.

 On a sunny afternoon while lounging with friends by the pool side, we suddenly realized that our 6 year old Ayana had out of nowhere decided to become less dependent on us and took off on her own: she was not familiar with the resort and the pool was a good 3 mins walk from our rooms. We eventually discovered she had ventured back to the rooms all by herself and we didn’t have the faintest clue if she knew the way back - heck she was 6!

 In the 6 minutes she was gone - we were paranoid & anxious and had a million thoughts running through our minds: but none of us dared to voice them. Although we found Ayana safe and sound, we didn’t know if we were ready for her to take up an adventure. But on another level, like other parents, we felt a sense of pride to see our child getting wiser and growing up. We all came home happy, but the incident and experience lingered in our minds: we realised we wanted our children to be independent and wanted to allow them the freedom to explore on their own and at the same time be with them  to make sure that they were doing alright.

 We started to look around for a service that helps us with this, a rather common problem, child-safety gadget and we did come across companies selling devices to track loved ones but none of them fit the bill: something crucial was always missing. Either it was just a device or we could not make a call or there were other limitations in the service or application. We wanted something significantly more comprehensive: so we decided to build one by ourselves and and this is how Spottr was born.

 We created a list of things we’d like to see in a device:

  • It should not be a phone, my child is too young to have one.
  • The key idea was to have my kid go out and explore and allow me to keep a watch. I don’t want to track how far my kid can go before my phone loses network: I need the device to work pan-India and preferably worldwide!
  • It should alert me if and when my kid enters or exits designated areas - ‘SafeZone’ as we call it.
  • It’s not just me, but our families should also know where my kid is. If I am not reachable, they can receive the same information as me.
  • Our child should be able to get in touch with us whenever they need and I should be able to talk to my kid whenever I feel like.
  • We wanted the device to be functional but not attract a lot of attention at the same time.
  • We also wanted to avoid the hassle of charging it everyday - can’t have one more smartphone charging dock!
  • Essentially, we wanted it all in - we don’t want to buy a sim card and then a device and then a service to be able to do all of this.

 When we started building Spottr, our first version, was a hard wired circuit which was a massive 8’ X 8’ inches. But since then we’ve come a very long way to make it a compact  and sturdy and a feature packed, smart device that’s smaller than a matchbox - and more importantly, it has everything that we wanted in a device. And in this challenging  process of perfecting it, we’ve formed a company, built a very proud team, established partnerships across oceans and finally launched it.

 Spottr is so much more than just a GPS Tracker, it is a comprehensive service. Our goal is allow our curious and intelligent children freedom and more independence in their growing years. And yes, we realize that it is not an easy task for a parent but our journey is dedicated to ensuring parents have their peace of mind. With the launch of our maiden device, we are rapidly covering areas that any parent would need help on.