gps and personal items

GPS and personal items go together better than you might think. Consider how busy our lives are without worrying about missing personal items. On a daily basis, every person carries any number of things with them. As a result, it can be anything from a minor inconvenience to a serious misadventure if items are lost. How can adding GPS trackers to these personal items can keep them and you safe?

Losing Personal Items is Extremely Common

First, it’s important to understand one fact of life: losing items is incredibly common. In fact, according to PR Newsline, American citizens will spend approximately 2.5 days looking for missing items annually. As a result, our nation will spend almost $2.7 billion to replace commonly misplaced items each year. Many lost items will likely lead to greater frustration. Among the most frequently lost items are the usual suspects: car keys, house keys, remote controls, and eyeglasses/sunglasses. In order to minimize the loss of these common items, adding GPS tags can allow owners to easily track them.

Adding GPS to Personal Items Will Save Time

Similarly, using GPS tracking with your existing personal items can prevent wasted time. Think back to the last time that you lost something in the house. How long did you spend looking for it? Many people will spend up to 20 minutes looking for a missing item. Added up, this can cut into productive time and make searchers late for work or other life events. By adding GPS tracking to personal items, users can integrate those trackers with a system that assists in recovering items. Why waste time looking for something that you can find in a matter of seconds?

GPS Trackers and Missing Persons

While it’s not a scenario that anyone wants to consider, the use of GPS tracking in personal items could aid in situations where the unthinkable has happened. Whether someone has simply wandered off on a hiking trail or they have disappeared through different means, having GPS trackers available can assist family, friends, and law enforcement in the recovery process. When you consider all the elements that we’ve discussed thus far, maintaining property and the overall safety of the people that own those items is an incredible reason to invest in GPS trackers.

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GPS in Personal Items Can Assist With Contact Tracing

With the ongoing Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of your family has never been more important. Adding GPS tracking to your personal items can help health and wellness professionals understand how the virus spreads. “Contact tracing” makes this process possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), contact tracing is done both covertly and actively, depending on the situation involved.

In covert contact tracing, participants who opt-in to the process can share their cellular GPS data with state and local health departments. Mobile applications can be downloaded for free and run in the background. When the apps locate a potential exposure within a user’s circle, a push notification, a text message, or a phone call may notify the user. These applications use ongoing GPS data to determine risk factors. In active contact tracing, citizens who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by the health department to gather the same data. Active data is cross-checked to determine the risk factors for the spread of different strains of the Coronavirus.

Tracking the World: Making Personal Items Safer Than Ever

Now that we’ve looked at a few ways that adding GPS tracking to personal items can enhance safety, it’s time to consider how you can enhance your security protocols. When you partner with Tracking the World, we will work together to develop a customized security plan for your most prized possessions and people. As our world continues to change in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and what comes next, we’ll be there to help. Don’t get caught with lost or missing personal items – contact us right away to learn more!