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Mobile app lets parents track kids
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Posted: 2012 Jul 06 - 00:47

Area company invents product called Trackster

By Meagan Perle

For Hometown News

VERO BEACH - Mobile Office Software Solutions of Vero Beach released a smartphone application that gives parents a new, high-tech way of tracking their children.

The application, called Trackster is an inexpensive GPS-based application that works on any Apple and Android smartphone, using Google Maps in real-time. There is an initial download fee of $4.99 and a monthly subscription fee of $1.99.

Bill Westrom, vice president of Mobile Office Software Solutions, said the idea originated because there was a need for employers to be able to track their employees.

"We work with a lot of businesses providing software solutions, and there wasn't really anything on the market like this," Mr. Westrom said.

It wasn't until the app was being produced that friends of Mr. Westrom explained this would also be a great way to keep track of friends and their children.

As long as both the child and parent, or both parties involved, have the application downloaded to their phones, parents are able to track their children.

Once the application is downloaded, there is also a web portal for users to access their information from a computer.

Mr. Westrom said while there are millions of other apps on the market, Trackster is one that can make a difference.

"Just think of the benefits of knowing at any time where your kids are and where they have been," Mr. Westrom said.

The application allows users to check in and out of locations and features functions such as the ability to comment to other users.

Mobile Office Software Solutions is planning to take Trackster one step further. The next phase will include geo-fencing so that users will be able to customize their geographic parameters.

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