Last night I got a phone call from a relative, looking for a solution to help track her father when he has a problem. She contacted me because she knows that I have a passion for and have many years of involvement in supporting companies who track things, like people, vehicles, pets and other things.
Her father has had a stroke which left him unable to talk or communicate effectively, but his other faculties are fine. He still drives, but last week his car broke down and whilst he’s handy and sharp, today’s cars, like his, are an engine surrounded by computers. You can’t grab your screwdriver out and tap at a circuit board (which reminds me, must book my car in, which has just been recalled because of a faulty circuit board).
I worked as Sales & Marketing Manager for 8 years for a mapping company supplying mapping data, API’s and SaaS applications to car navigation companies, fleet management companies and a variety of clients from insurance, field service, logistics, government and much more.
I had a strong passion for helping clients to produce a commercial solution for people like her Dad, as well as people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, people with allergies, elderly people who still had mobility, diabetics and more. It was a real struggle and continues to be, perhaps because it is such a small market, but it is a needy market all the same. If I had the capital I would have entered the personal tracking market in New Zealand and Australia myself, because I feel we are dismally served. But I don’t and it seems that pretty much outside of international mail order products, there isn’t a lot available here, which is very sad, as I receive Police reports pretty much daily about missing people and that is of course just the tip of the iceberg.
Anyway, with that preamble, I thought if you are interested in the concepts of being able to track people, whether that is tracking people who may need your help, or tracking people you may need protection from, here is a deep dive of some of my articles on this blog. 33 different quick but interesting stories about tracking people. I hope you like them and would welcome your feedback and comments.