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Protecting Mom and Dad with a Spark Nano

There are lots of great uses for the Spark Nano 3.0 GPS tracking device, uses that help provide a certain measure of peace of mind to users. Often we hear of these devices being used to track the movement of teenagers, and their driving habits as well, or to find out whether or not a spouse is misbehaving. But more and more GPS trackers are also being used to protect our aging parents.

We’ve all read newspaper stories of older people going missing without any reasonable explanation other than the fact that the victim may be suffering some sort of dementia or amnesia. Oftentimes these stories are accompanied by pleas for help from the general public in finding a lost person. If the victim requires medication or other medical treatments on a regular basis finding them becomes much more important. That’s where the Spark Nano can really come in handy.

Spark Nano 3.0 GPS Tracker

Spark Nano 3.0 GPS Tracker

The Spark Nano can keep you informed of its whereabouts all over the country, 24 hours a day. Installing one on your elderly parent’s car or asking him to carry it on his person is a great way to assure him that you’re watching out for his safety. If your elderly parent gets lost while out walking or driving, one push of the panic button sends an e-mail or text alert to you instantly. Or, if your parent fails to show up somewhere at a predetermined point of time, you’ll know enough to find out his whereabouts using the tracking device.

A Medical Lifesaver

A medical alert system is something we use in conjunction with home alarms to protect our loved ones in the event of a medical emergency. Yet those systems seldom work outside the confines of a home. Why not offer the same sort of security using Spark Nano? The GPS tracking device means your loved ones are never out of contact whether going to the park, enjoying an afternoon fishing, heading out shopping, or just going for a stroll through the neighborhood.

In case of any medical emergency all individual needs to do is hit the device’s panic button. It couldn’t be any simpler than that. And at less than $30 a month it’s protection most of us can easily afford.

It’s a Positive, Not Negative

If you plan to purchase a Spark Nano for your elderly parent, be sure to present it as a positive rather than negative. It’s easy for parents to become defensive because of the perception that they are no longer trusted. Explain to your parent it’s not a matter of trust, it’s a matter of being able to respond anytime there’s potential trouble. It’s like having your own personal assistant always there to help. Framed in those terms you’re a lot likely to get a supportive reaction.

Hopefully you’ll never have occasion to take advantage of the protections offered by the Spark Nano 3.0. But you’ll be glad they are available if they ever become necessary.

The Priceless Panic Button

Personal GPS tracking devices like the Spark Nano 3.0 have a variety of great uses like tracking vehicles and monitoring driving habits. Heaven forbid; you can even use one to help determine whether or not your spouse is really cheating on you. But, have you ever considered the possibility of using one during family vacations? It’s a great idea – especially given the fact that the Nano has a built-in panic button.

The panic button is one feature you’ll never realize the importance of unless you have to use it. Hopefully, that day never comes. But if it does the panic button could mean the difference between a happy ending and a miserable one. For that reason alone, the Spark Nano 3.0 is worth its weight in gold.

Letting Them Go

There comes a point in every parent’s life where he has to give a child some measure of freedom to go and do what he wants. A family vacation to a large resort area presents that very scenario. While the six or seven year old would be terrified to navigate a monstrous theme park without parents at his side, the 12 or 13-year-old is itching to go do his own thing with siblings or friends. Sending the child off with a GPS tracking device allows you to give him the freedom he desires while still being able to pay attention to where he is.

Just clip the Spark Nano 3.0 to your child’s backpack, belt loop, or shirt pocket, and you’re set to go. You can monitor his or her whereabouts with your smart phone or other mobile device. If you’re back at the hotel you can keep track of the GPS location using a PC with an Internet connection. It couldn’t be simpler.

Calling for Help

Before you send your child off you should thoroughly instruct him in the use of the panic button. Then, while he’s out wandering around, he’ll be able to reach you in an instant if he gets in trouble. The panic button sends an immediate e-mail message or text alert based on the parameters you set up.

The panic button is a priceless tool that helps protect your child in both casual and serious circumstances. For example, a child who ventures off into the theme park alone for the first time may find them self lost after a couple of hours. Hitting the panic button sends a message to you that he is in need of help. You can immediately go to exactly where he is by following real-time data using your mobile device. For more serious circumstances, such as injury or harassment by strangers, the panic button becomes even more important.

If you haven’t invested in a GPS tracking device yet don’t even consider buying a unit that doesn’t have a panic button. Such a feature raises the price of the unit very little yet could end up saving you a lot. The panic button truly is priceless; use it.

Spark Nano

Placing a GPS Tracker on a Car

If you’ve purchased a Spark Nano 3.0 and plan to use it to secretly track the movement of a vehicle, there’s a right and wrong way to do it. Done correctly the device could be a goldmine of valuable information. Done incorrectly it could yield no useful results and land you in jail.

In terms of federal law the only concrete “regulations” we have come from a Supreme Court ruling sent down earlier this year. But that ruling is very narrowly focused to only include law enforcement agencies and some of the surveillance practices they use. We have no federal guidelines about the private use of GPS tracking systems.

State law is a different matter. As far as we know they’re only a couple of states (Texas is one of them) that regulate GPS tracking. But you should check with your state before you go about planting your Spark Nano on a vehicle.

As a general it is legal to track a vehicle in this way if you or another family member living in your household owns it. In the case of a vehicle not owned by you or a family member you can only install a GPS tracking device if:

  • you are using it to obtain the same information you would through physical surveillance
  • you don’t have to enter the vehicle to install it
  • you don’t have to trespass on private property to install it
  • the vehicle is in plain view during the installation
  • you don’t hardwire it to the vehicle’s electrical system

In a nutshell, you’re allowed to do whatever you want with your own cars. With the vehicles of other people you are limited to a temporary installation on the outside of the vehicle using a battery operated unit. It seems pretty straightforward.

Placing the Spark Nano

If you’re working with your own cars the only thing you need to know is that metal interferes with the device’s signal. Therefore, putting your Spark Nano in the trunk is a bad idea. You might try under the seats, in the glove box, under the carpeting, behind the door panel, or even high up under the dash. If you’d prefer an external installation you can attach it underneath a plastic bumper, behind the plastic in the wheel wells, between the grill and radiator, etc. Just so long as the device is not completely surrounded by metal you’ll be fine.

All-Weather Magnetic Case For Your Nano & Battery

All-Weather Magnetic Case For Your Nano & Battery

If you’re placing the device on a vehicle you don’t own you need to be very careful. The quickest and easiest way to do so is to purchase a magnetic case the Spark Nano can easily be slipped into. You can quickly reach your hand underneath the car and attach it to one of the side rails of the frame. The quicker and easier you can make the installation or less likely you’ll be discovered and the less likely you’ll be in violation of the law for altering the vehicle in question.

Is Private GPS Tracking Legal?

In November of last year the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing a case having to do with the legality of GPS tracking for police investigations.

At the heart of the case was a lower court ruling that threw out the conviction of a suspected drug dealer because the FBI did not obtain a warrant before installing a GPS tracking device on the suspect’s car. The Supreme Court’s eventual ruling on the case was very narrow, dealing only with certain types of police actions.

That leads us to ask whether or not private GPS tracking is legal. In other words, can you track your spouse if you suspect he or she is cheating on you? Can you track the movements of your children without informing them you’re doing so?

A General Summary

Though state laws do vary there are some generalities which apply across the board. Before we list them here however, it’s important to say that you should always check with your state before using a GPS tracking device like the Spark Nano 3.0. As long as you know and follow the law you’ll have nothing to worry about. That said, it’s generally acceptable to use GPS tracking as an individual citizen if:

  • you own the vehicle or piece of equipment being tracked
  • you can install the device on the outside of a vehicle or piece of equipment you don’t own
  • the vehicle or piece of equipment is clearly in the public view
  • the vehicle or piece of equipment is not located on private property belonging to someone else
  • information you obtain from the device could also be obtained by physical surveillance

In most cases you cannot legally use a tracking device if you must open the vehicle or equipment to install it, connect the device directly to an existing electrical system, or enter an area where the subject of your tracking is legally allowed to expect privacy. That means you can’t break into a car, break into someone’s private garage, or hardwire a GPS device to a car battery.

Family Use

It’s generally understood by the courts that there is no right to privacy among family members living in the same household. Therefore, it’s completely legal to use a GPS tracker to monitor the whereabouts of your children, keep track of their driving habits when they get their licenses, and conduct surveillance on a spouse. Whether or not it’s wise to do such things is the domain of the individual GPS owner. But it can be done legally nonetheless.

When it comes to your own vehicle you are protected by the law as well. You have every right to install a device like the Spark Nano 3.0 regardless of who might drive your car in the future. And you don’t have to warn other drivers about it. Whether you want to monitor how fast and safely the car is being driven, or give yourself some measure of protection against theft, your car is yours to do with as you please.