Sygic Puts Halloween Safety into Focus with New App For Parents to Keep Track of Their Kids’ Whereabouts
Family GPS Tracker lets parents see where their kids are, set “safe and unsafe” zones and view location history of family members
Bratislava, Slovakia – Sygic, the leader in GPS navigation software with 33 million users in 115 countries, today announced a new way for parents to make sure their kids are safe and aren’t wandering into dangerous situations. Family GPS Tracker by Sygic (available for FREE on the iOS App Store and Google Play) lets parents see where their kids are in real time through an intuitive GPS interface, which arrives just in time for Halloween, when millions of youth take to the streets to trick-or-treat.
Family GPS Tracker (known in a previous version as Family by Sygic) not only lets you see where your smartphone-using kids are, but also allows you to quickly set up alerts that notify you whenever one of your kids leaves a pre-established safe zone or enters an unsafe zone. As the average age when kids get their first phone continues to drop, the number of kids who have smartphones but aren’t quite old enough for full independence is growing larger and larger. With Family GPS Tracker, families now have a valuable tool that allows their kids a certain degree of independence while still ensuring their safety.
With the latest version of the app, parents can also create location-based challenges (like “Walk your younger sibling home from school”) and reward points for competing challenges. Kids can then spend their points to unlock cool new avatars to use in the app. If you have any doubts about where your kids have been, for an additional charge, you can check the location history of family members during the past 7 days.
“The proliferation of smartphone ownership across all age groups means that parents now have a great new way to ensure their children’s safety,” Sygic CEO Michal Štencl said. “We were able to apply the knowledge and experience we’ve gained from making a first-class navigation app in order to build Family GPS Tracker, and our new version gives parents more control, with cool features like challenges that makes the app fun for kids as well.”
The app comes just in time for Halloween, when many parents want to give their children a chance to partake in the rite of passage of trick-or-treating on their own, but still want to be aware of their children’s safety, especially in heavily trafficked urban areas. Thanks to the app’s alerts about safe and unsafe zones, you don’t have to keep your eyes glued to your smartphone to see if the kids have wandered into a bad neighborhood. Parents now have the confidence of knowing where their children are at any given time, without needing to check in with their children every 15 minutes.
Features of Family GPS Tracker Include:
- Keep track of your kids’ locations through the easy-to-use app
- Establish safe and unsafe zones and get an alert when your kids enter or leave a certain zone
- See how much battery life your kids’ phones have left, so they can be reminded to charge their phone so you don’t lose track of them
- Set location-based challenges for kids (e.g. “Take the dog for a walk in the park.”)
- Let your kids use cool new avatars in the app after they’ve completed a challenge
- See the location history of all family members in the past 7 days (available for $2.99 a month)
Along with Family GPS Tracker, Sygic has built a large portfolio of family-friendly products Including Sygic GPS Navigation (available in the iOS App Store and Google Play), which the leading global offline navigation app. Unlike other map services, data in the Sygic GPS Navigation apps is stored on the user’s phone instead of streamed from the Internet, which means that Sygic users don’t have to worry about running up against their cellular data caps by using GPS navigation or getting lost in an area with poor cell reception. When Sygic’s users are online, they have access to other helpful features like real-time traffic and road incident sharing with other drivers.
Family GPS Tracker is available for free starting today in the iOS App Store or Google Play, with an option to see the location history of all family members for $2.99 a month.
Sygic develops offline voice-guided GPS navigation software trusted by millions of customers worldwide. Sygic was the first company to provide turn-by-turn navigation for the iOS platform. Sygic navigation software is used by more than 1,000 B2B customers on five continents. Family by Sygic - the location sharing and safety application – has earned the coveted PTPA Seal of Approval in 2013. Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sygic has been recognized as a Deloitte Fast 50 Company for fastest growing IT companies in Central Europe for five consecutive years and in 2011 was added to Deloitte’s Fast 500 EMEA listing as well. To learn more about Sygic offerings, visit http://www.sygic.com. More information about the new app Family by Sygic is available on http://www.sygic.com/family.
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