In big cities it is not uncommon for every member of a family to have appointments in totally different places all day long and everyone to meet on weekends. When one arrives the other is already sleeping and in the morning not everyone wakes up together. It turns out that the family only relates when it can, and not as it should.
Leaving aside the affective issues related to this routine, we also have the issue of security. If someone does not get home until normal hours, worries are already beginning to be a sign of danger.
Let’s assume a family of 5 people whose college-age daughter comes home around 11:30 PM. If it does not arrive until midnight it is certainly a sign of concern. What if the parents call the cell phone and give out of the area? Everyone starts to think the worst.
Would not it be interesting to have a phone with an application that could monitor the whole family?
The Life 360 Family Locator Android application is just for this. It allows everyone in your home to know in real time where others are. It also lists the most dangerous and safe places next to each of the family members.
In the free version of Family Locator these are the main features included:
- see where each family member is using GPS, Wifi or even the antennas of the telephone networks (with much smaller precision, of course).
- location by telling the locations where each one was
- let everyone in the family know you’re fine with just 1 touch screen
- panic alarm for avian hazards that will make a call and send a text message with your location to all members of your family.
- 24-hour chat between family membersAnd what do you need to have a service like this running?
- A cell phone with an Android operating system, such as Motorola Defy. It is not very expensive and has good overall performance, as well as being very resistant, even waterproof.
- A data plan to send the information in real time to the internet. Each person in the family should have a phone or access the internet to see information from others.
And the Family Locator is just one of the programs that do this task and some more advanced functions depend on infrastructure that does not always exist in Brazil. In any case, geolocation and internet-dependent functions are perfectly accessible in any Brazilian capital or city that has a 3G or edge network.
This app is also available for iPhone and other platforms, even running on common phones, but with extremely limited features that do not even make up for the time investment, in my opinion.
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