Stylish GPS wearable keeps track of the kids

17th February 2016
Barney Scott

Kii and Haltian have announced Snowfox, a portable tracker and communication device to help parents with their highest priority - their child's safety. This next-gen tracking solution consists of a durable and portable device with voice calling, GPS tracking and an app – all backed by Kii's IoT platform. There are several kid trackers on the market, but Snowfox stands out with an embedded SIM card and out-of-the-box operation.

The device's powerful two-way calling feature includes a simple button that can work as a panic button or a simple check-in button, and reliability is ensured through accurate GPS tracking and a rugged all-weather impact-resistant design.

Multiple geo-fencing zone capabilities allow a parent to see the tracker's most recent location, create no-go zones and get notifications when a tracker reaches or leaves a specific place. Its simple design – both in the device (for kids) and in the app (for parents) – makes the solution very easy to use and adaptable. Cool, attractive and colourful designs are offered, which can be easily attached to a zipper, a jacket or onto a child's backpack/bag.

“As a spin off from Nokia, our engineers are the best in the world and have created an easy to use and reliable wireless tracking device,” said Pasi Leipälä, CEO, Haltians. “This product gives parents added peace of mind by enabling a connected circle of care between loved ones.”

“Successful IoT device adoption depends on seamless integration of different parts of the solution – the device, the back end, the app, connectivity – and with Snowfox, Kii and Haltian have achieved just that, which is why we are thrilled with this collaboration,” added Masanari Arai, CEO of Kii. “With the combination of Haltians hardware and software design and Kiis highly scaled back end solution, we see Snowfox as a best-of-breed in kids tracking today.”

Snowfox will be presented on the Haltian booth (Hall 5 Stand 5C43) at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 22nd to 25th February 2016. The devices will be commercially available in Q2 2016 in selected markets.

University usability laboratories in Oulu in Finland, where Haltian is based and where the devices are manufactured, have also been testing Snowfox devices. A quotation from the University study read: "My five-year old daughter took great pride in owning a Snowfox device. She always remembered to take the device with her when changing jackets. She also felt safe knowing she could always reach mum when outside of the home."

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