Why not just have GPS in every Kiband?
GPS works using multiple satellites to locate the position of an object on earth. While an incredibly useful technology in many ways, with an accuracy of 16 to 30 feet under normal outdoor conditions, GPS doesn’t fit every situation. If you are trying to locate something remotely, say over an area of 10,000 feet (about 2 miles), give or take 30 feet doesn’t make much of a difference; however, when talking about an area of 30 feet, give or take 30 feet is critical, and that is the scenario parents of young children are dealing with.
Additionally, When a GPS device is used indoors the degree of accuracy diminishes greatly if not all together so it’s hardly universally reliable and when you are talking about the safety of children…
But you are probably thinking, the GPS in my cell phone works great. Does it? Have you ever been on the freeway and your phone thought you were on the frontage road. Imagine a child?! The GPS in your phone is assisted by several other technologies just to achieve this degree of accuracy; cell service and Wi-Fi which are large and have bulky antennas. When you turn the Wi-Fi function off some smartphones will notify you to inform you that location accuracy is improved with Wi-Fi. This is because your smartphone is able to combine the information gathered from GPS with the
information from cell service towers and Wi-Fi to improve its location. Retrieving signal can take several minutes because the GPS device needs to locate each of the satellites, and then communicate with each satellite for about 30 seconds before a location can be reported. This often results in location reports taking up to five minutes. All of this can be expensive and take up a lot of space. Add to that, your GPS alone only finds the location of the device, but does not offer any way to communicate that information to another device. In order for a GPS enabled device to communicate its
location to another device cell service is required. In order to use cell service, users have to pay a monthly service fee ranging anywhere from $5 to $40 a month per device, depending on the extent of service. This, added to the higher initial cost makes GPS too expensive for
All of this is why Kiband comes in a suite of products, from an inexpensive proximity alarm all the way to a fully functional on demand GPS wearable that is there when you absolutely need it. To learn more about our technology check out some of our other blogs.