Originally developed by SK Telecom (Korea), the i-Kids handset is well adapted to young kids. It displays 4 buttons corresponding to recorded numbers and a panic button that can alert several people simultaneously via text messages. Upon reception of the SMS the parent can visualize the location of their child on a map on its own handset and call back with the i-Kids automatically picking up the call. The solution also offers a geo-fencing feature that automatically sends a SMS to parents when their child is leaving a predetermined area.
Child tracking is getting more acceptance in Europe – especially in Northern countries, but it is still far to be a common feature offered by wireless carriers as it is today in the US. Privacy issues and even health issues – see our article here about France – are keeping child tracking solutions pretty confidential in Southern Europe.