GPS tracker can send SMS location alerts

Chris Davies - May 23, 2007, 12:30 pm CDT

Look past the dubious styling – obviously designed to appeal to anyone who loves Mister Whippy ice-cream – and the Fontastic PT-9 is a pretty decent little GPS tracker.  Not only does it contain a SiRF-Star III chipset but a tri-band GSM chipset (900, 1,800 and 1,900MHz) so, at the touch of a button, your exact location can be sent via SMS to your cellphone.


Fontastic PT-9 GPS tracker 

The PT-9 would also make a pretty good emergency beacon, since it has an SOS button that, when pressed, sends out your location to up to five different numbers; Fontastic see it being a useful handbag addition for an elderly relative or young offspring going out “on the lash” (my quote, not theirs).

Future developments are set to include a geo-fence (step outside of which and trigger an SMS) and speed monitoring (drive over, say, 70mph and an SMS is sent) service; currently you can remotely trigger the GPS function and even adjust the PT-9’s settings by sending it a text message, or surprise everyone by calling it up and having a conversation.

Specifications - click for full-size

Fontastic PT-9 [Global Sources]

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