The Amber Alerts GPS is a quality GPS tracker that's packed with many features to monitor the whereabouts of your child or teen driver. You can easily log in to your online account from your computer or mobile device to actively track where the unit is. The feature set is extensive and in line with many of the products we looked at, but the company requires additional subscription fees to activate some of the more advanced features. For the purposes of this review, we looked at the features available with the premium subscription. For its design, features and accompanying user interface options, it earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.
The Amber Alert GPS device is designed to accurately pinpoint a location to within about 50 feet most of the time; however, if the GPS tracker has a clear view of the sky, the accuracy can be as good as 5 to 10 feet. The tracker is under 3 inches long and weighs just over 2 ounces, making it quite small and lightweight – easy to conceal. It is small enough to tuck into a backpack or pocket, harder for potential kidnappers to find, and small enough to keep hidden in the center console or glove compartment of your teenager's car. With a lanyard, your child can where this device around their neck, and with the neoprene pouch you can attach it to a belt loop. When actively used, the GPS tracker checks on your child's location in real-time every five minutes, and the rechargeable lithium-ion battery can last up to 48 hours in this mode. On standby, the battery in this GPS tracker for kids can last for five days.
The Amber Alert GPS tracker is known as an assisted GPS device. This means that it uses the GPS system as well as a wireless network. In the case of Amber Alert GPS, the company uses the existing AT&T wireless network. The two systems combined help pinpoint your child's location.
Aside from the basics of actively tracking your child, driving teen or even a pet, there are many standout features found in the Amber Alert GPS. You can set up safety zones to track when your child enters or leaves certain agreed-upon areas. You can create and save up to 20 zones and customize them based on when your child is allowed to enter or leave a zone. The company recommends that the zone be no smaller than 1,000 feet, but you can create zones that cover several houses or an entire park. You can set up zone alerts that tell you, including by text message and email, whether your child has entered or exited a zone. You can create a contact list of up to 10 people to receive these alerts.
This GPS tracker also allows you to use a tracking feature, Amber Alert GPS calls it breadcrumbing, that will send you email or text updates at specific times, specifying where the device is located. This is a useful service, especially if you can't actively track the Amber Alert GPS tracker because of poor reception.
There is also an SOS button on this GPS tracking device, which your child can press if she's in trouble or needs any sort of help, and you'll receive an alert with the location. You can also call the device and listen to see if there are any potential problems, though there are a limited number of minutes available.
You can elect to receive a variety of other alerts, such as when your teenage driver speeds, or when he arrives at a specific location (up to three addresses can be stored). Unique to Amber Alert GPS is a predator alert. The predator alert is a service that will notify you when your child is in an area near a known sex offender, up to 500 feet from the predator's registered residence, and it is updated every 24 hours when it synchs with the National Sex Offender Registry.
Keep in mind that some areas may not be as adequate for GPS tracking as others. The GPS system can pick up the device if it is outside and sometimes inside if it is near a window, however once the device loses direct contact with the sky, the accuracy goes down.
It's very easy to find the current location of the Amber Alert GPS tracker, especially since you can do live tracking from your smartphone or computer browser. The company also offers free iOS and Android apps that work with your paid monthly subscription, so you can actively monitor this GPS tracking device with a map, and also access tracking history. The web browser and apps make it easy for you to see where your child has been, as well as letting you see in real time that they are home or at school. If you have a teenage driver, you can monitor the speed and set an alarm if your child is breaking the speed limit.
Using the web-based interface or the app, you can find the address where your child is, so long as the GPS tracker is on, and determine how far away your child is from your location. From the web program and your app, you will be able to see if your child starts moving above normal walking speeds – indicative that they have entered a vehicle. For your convenience, you'll have a number of status indicators, such as battery life and signal strength. Additionally, you can track multiple units from your interface, so you can track your pet, your teen driver and your small child all from the same screen. You'll know at once whether or not your teen got to soccer practice on time and if your little one arrived home safely.
Additional accessories include a breakaway lanyard, an arm or ankle band, a neoprene pouch and faceplates, if you want a different color.
The help and support options are plentiful, and the developers behind the Amber Alert GPS tracker want to make sure you get the most out of the device. They provide a user manual and an extensive FAQs page. In addition, the company has Facebook and Twitter accounts, along with a blog, that focuses on child safety in general. If you have additional questions or need further help or technical support, you can reach Amber Alert GPS by telephone or email form.
The Amber Alert GPS tracking device is a high-quality, easy-to-use GPS tracker with plenty of features to actively track your child or teen. You can simply check the location or receive time-stamped location alerts, and you don't need to worry about software, since it's a web-based service.
This GPS tracker is small and lightweight, has several zone alert types, including the predator alert that is unique to Amber Alert GPS. This device also has impressive features like two-way voice capability and a panic button.
Amber Alert GPS requires that you pay more for access to some of the more advanced features.
The Amber Alert GPS tracker uses both the GPS system and a wireless network to pinpoint your child's location, providing peace of mind when your child leaves your sight.