GPS location

The Safer Walking website has more information on other ways and technologies to support a person who has a risk of going missing.

GPS devices or apps on mobile phones are a very good way to locate someone – but they only work if they are:

Mobile Location Sharing App
Mobile Location Sharing App. (Photo, LandSAR)
  1. Kept on the person whenever they are likely to go walking.
  2. Charged up and turned on – mobile phones and other GPS devices generally need charging every couple of days.
  3. Usually a data plan will be required.
  4. Within the cellular network coverage area.
  5. Treated carefully especially mobile phones that can be broken if dropped onto hard surfaces.

Mobile phones

If the person at risk of going missing and has a mobile phone that they keep with them when out – there are several apps that can be installed to aid in location of the person. There are online reviews of location sharing apps that may help in deciding what one will fit best, for example: review updated on 21 July 2020

GPS Location Devices

There are a number of GPS location devices available in New Zealand.

Spark’s Spacetalk Kids Watch

Another example of a GPS watch designed for children is the Spacetalk watch, it can be purchased from Spark.

Medical Alarms with GPS location

There are GPS enabled medical alarm options – these offer a raft of features. See the below links for information about one such device available in New Zealand that are funded for individuals that qualify for MSD’s Disability Allowance:

TraceCare offers the buddi system for information go to their website:

The buddi system includes a smart clip that is GPS enabled in this photo the chip is attached to a key-ring.
The buddi includes a smart chip that can be located by GPS, here it is attached to a key-ring. (Photo, LandSAR)