How to Keep Your Family Safer with Geolocation Sharing

Geolocation sharing is a popular way for families to keep track of their loved ones no matter where in the world they are. 

 

Imagine knowing that your daughter has just left her flat near London to go out on a night on the town, and you know her current location at all times—on the Tube, at the pub, in the Uber, and back home safely. It provides peace of mind, knowing your loved ones are safe.

 

You could also know if something isn’t right, like if she’s in the Uber for an hour on the way to her apartment that’s only 30 minutes away. You’ll then know to try get hold of her, and if that doesn’t work, to get in touch with the authorities. And you could do it all from your couch in South Africa.

How Do You Get Started with Geolocation Sharing?

To get started with location sharing, you could use an app. designed for mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. Ones like Apple’s Family Sharing provide easy ways to keep track of family members. You can set it up on your iPhone or iPad, and within minutes, know where your loved ones are. Of course, you’ll need their permission in order to start geo-locating their movements.

 

If you did not need express permissions, this would leave the feature open to criminal activities. And what if you don’t own an Apple device? Don’t worry, you can download any one of a myriad of apps for your Android phone that will fulfil the same function. Google Maps also offers some tracking functionality that allows you to view a location history if you have permission.

How Does Geolocation Sharing Work? 

Location sharing works by using the GPS within someone’s personal device, usually a smartphone or tablet. This GPS tracks the movements of the device, and since the device is with the person most of the time, you can know their exact physical location. Of course, if you are trying to track someone who is too young to own their own personal smart phone, there are other options available, which we discuss below.

Is Geolocation Tracking Secure?

Location tracking is only as secure as you make it. If you’re using something like Apple Family Sharing and your phone or tablet is stolen, you’ll need to be able to lock your device remotely so that criminals can’t access this information. Luckily, this is fairly easy to do.

 

Sometimes, keeping loved ones safe means making sure they aren’t being location tagged. Websites also track your movements through geolocation tagging and often know your exact geographical location. Sites like social media (think Facebook and Instagram), can give away a person’s movements to criminals who might be interested to know that no one is at home at the moment, leaving the house open for theft.

 

So, the moral of the story is to use geolocation sharing to help keep your family safe, but to do so wisely and discriminately. Make sure only your most trusted loved ones know your location and vice versa.

Can you use Geolocation Tagging for Objects?

You can use geolocation tagging for objects. Remember, we mentioned that you’re technically tracking the person’s device and not the person themselves? This is one example of object tracking.

 

But you can purchase tracking devices for other objects, such as your keys, your expensive wireless ear buds, or even a vehicle. That way, you can know the current position for any asset of value to you. Sometimes, commercial real-time tracking services can include asset tracking where tags are, for example, placed within a shipment container or box to track the geographic location of the asset.

How Does Geolocation Work When it Comes to Vehicle Tracking?

You can also find peace of mind in vehicle geolocation tracking. If you prefer to track your loved one’s vehicle rather than their phone, you can purchase a geolocation tagging device that will fit securely and out of sight in your car. This is what tracking companies use to recover vehicles that are stolen, and in South Africa, many tracking companies have a high recovery rate thanks to these devices.

 

We recommend you make use of these professional services, because if your or your loved one’s car is stolen, you don’t want to be the one to try to recover it—this would be reckless and dangerous. If you choose a tracking service that includes vehicle recovery, it’s up to the tracker companies to recover your vehicle with their trained personnel, placing you in a safe position when trying to get it back.


In the vehicle recovery industry, different types of trackers can be used. Real-time trackers allow for immediate response. AI-empowered tracking solutions allow for theft attempt detection, while some passive trackers must be manually activated by the owner of the car once they notice it is missing.

What Other Applications Does Vehicle Tracking Have?

Advanced vehicle geolocation tracking is now being used in the management of self-driving cars. It’s important for these vehicles to have an accurate knowledge of where they are at all times to avoid car accidents.

 

There’s also fleet tracking for large logistics companies, where every vehicle’s location influences time spent and, therefore, money. If a vehicle strays outside of the route it should take, geolocation devices can warn fleet managers about it, and they can take action by calling or messaging the driver to find out what’s going on. In this way, it can be an early warning system that something has gone wrong, such as a driver being hijacked, or protest action on the usual route, where the driver had to take a detour.

At Track My Wheels, we’ve partnered with a number of reliable vehicle tracking companies to bring you the best geolocation tracking options to suit your needs. Our partners offer this for personal vehicles, such as Beame, and business vehicles, such as Matrix. 

To get a quote, you can fill out the form on any of the pages on our website and we’ll put you in touch with the geolocation tracking company that will give you the products and services you want.