Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SecuraTrac SecuraPAL Guardian GPS {Review}

I was given the opportunity to test out the SecuraPAL Guardian GPS by SecuraTrac.  It's very good idea if you are a busy parent and are traveling with kids to make sure they are safe.  SecuraPAL Guardian GPS locator is durable and perfect for children, seniors, and pets. It weighs just 2.5 ounces and works in 120 countries and comes ready to use. The device can be purchased or rented, depending on your preference.

How It Works

The SecuraPAL (Personal Automated Locator) is a small device that fits into your child's pocket or backpack. It uses the global positioning system satellites and the mobile phone networks to pinpoint your child's location and and report it back to the SecuraTrac network. The Guardian works well for children of all ages and needs.

Parents now have the comfort of knowing that they can find their children should they lose their way. The device has also been shown to work well for those who care for the elderly particularly those with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other conditions associated with memory loss. In addition to loved ones, SecuraPAL's work well for tracking anything that is important to you including your pets, cars, and luggage.

The SecuraPAL proactively and automatically notifies you when it leaves pre-defined boundaries or SecuraFences. These fences are setup with just a few clicks of your mouse and your first SecuraFence comes preset based on your home address.

1 SecuraPAL monitors its location using a network of GPS satellites.
2SecuraTrac will notify you and other designated people of its location at regular intervals or when configured thresholds are breached.

First, I charged the device while I setup and personalized my account on SecuraTrac website. Setting up and customizing one my profile on the SecuraTrac website was a breeze. I was able to change the device name on the account, but I couldn't the icon when I was given the choice. When I click "change icon", there was no icon list -- just a blank pop up screen.

Also, another disappointing thing is that I had a hard time getting the SecuraPAL to locate the satellites and have it working. I waited at least 30 minutes with the GPS outside, but still couldn't get the map to show my current location in my account on the SecuraTrac website. I took it with me while I was out and haven't had any luck. No response from customer service or tech support so I gave up.

I would use the SecuraPAL Guardian for Brandon if he stays at a daycare or with a babysitter. I want to make sure he's safe whenever I'm not around to watch him. This is where I set SecuraFences. SecuraFences are boundaries that designate your safe havens. You can add additional fences on the website on your account "My Devices" on their website.

The only place I can put the device on Brandon is in his pants pockets (with buttons). He doesn't have many pants that have pockets. There's a strap-hole where I can loop a neck strap or wrist strap, but the device is a bit too big for Brandon because he's very little. He felt uncomfortable when I slipped it inside his outer shirt to hide it.

I think the SecuraPAL device is more useful for children who are older. Older children tend to wander around a lot more and the device is the perfect size for them. Also, they also have a better understanding of how the unit works.

With SecuraTrac SecuraPAL GPS Child Tracking Device, you can use today's ground-breaking technology to make sure you know exactly where your children, elderly relatives, pets and other loved ones are at ALL TIMES.

- small and lightweight
- long battery life
- allows me to set "fences" and boundary limits
- shows accurate location of the SecuraPAL device
- fast response of notifications and alerts to cell phone/email

- shipping and product availability took a while
- took a VERY long time (almost an hour) to get the GPS to locate the satellites
- a bit pricey

Disclosure: I received a test unit of the SecuraPAL to try in exchange for a review of my opinion. The device was returned to the company. Thanks to Asylum PR and SecuraTrac. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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  1. Did you happen to check the gps locator in a basement or some other place that a cell phone might lose service?

  2. Did you happen to check the gps locator in a basement or some other place that a cell phone might lose service?