Jiobit Child GPS Tracker Tested

By: John Scanlan, Published on Mar 08, 2018

Tracking devices are a growing security market segment. Bluetooth-only ones (e.g., Tile (tested) have become increasingly used. But GPS ones remain limited.

Of particular concern to many parents is tracking young children who may run or wander off. IPVM had a lively discussion about this: Child GPS / Security Tracker - What Works?

A US startup, Jiobit, run by an ex-Motorola executive John Renaldi, is claiming to solve this problem, declaring:

Stay connected to your child, no matter the distance

Jiobit is small enough to hide, lasts for weeks and tracks accurately and in real time.

We wanted to see how it worked, so we bought one and tested it. Inside we report our findings on:

  • Mobile geofencing
  • Real-time tracking
  • Trusted Places
  • Physical overview
  • Mobile App Overview
  • Battery Life
  • Product support
  • Price & comparison to competitors

******** ******* *** * growing ******** ****** *******. Bluetooth-only **** (*.*.,**** (******) **** ****** ************ used. *** *** **** remain *******.

** ********** ******* ** many ******* ** ******** young ******** *** *** run ** ****** ***. IPVM *** * ****** discussion ***** ****:***** *** / ******** Tracker - **** *****?

* ** *******,******, *** ** ** ex-Motorola ************* *******, ** ******** ** solve **** *******, *********:

**** ********* ** **** child, ** ****** *** distance

****** ** ***** ****** to ****, ***** *** weeks *** ****** ********** and ** **** ****.

** ****** ** *** how ** ******, ** we ****** *** *** tested **. ****** ** report *** ******** **:

  • ****** **********
  • ****-**** ********
  • ******* ******
  • ******** ********
  • ****** *** ********
  • ******* ****
  • ******* *******
  • ***** & ********** ** competitors

[***************]

*******

** *** *****, *** key ******** ** ****** worked ****, *********:

  • ******** ****** ****** ******* issues, ******** ***** ** bluetooth ********** ** **** range (≲**') *** ***** on ******** *** ******.
  • **** ******** ****** **********, displaying **** **** ******** within ~**' ** ****** location ** ******** *****.
  • ********** (****** "******* ******") alerts ****** ********, **** little ***** ******* ******* entering/leaving *** ***** ***** and ** ***** *********** of ********/****.
  • ******* ******** **** ****** members ** ****** (****** "Caregivers") *** ******, *********** simply ******** *** **** by *****/**** ** ******** the ***.

*******, ***** *** *** key *********:

  • **** ******* ********:****** **** *** ******** which ** *** ******* cellular *******, ****** ** effectively ******* ** ***** without ********, ****** ********* users **** *** ******* is *** ** ******* range. **** *** ** an ***** *** ***** in ***** ***** **** poorer ********.
  • ** ***** *******:*** ****** *** **** not ******* *** **** of ******* ** ******. For *******, ***** *** not *** **** **** a ***** ******* ** departed * ******** ****** for ** ************ **********.

Mobile *** ********** ********

*** ***** ***** ******** an ******** ** *** mobile **** ** *****, manage, *** ***** *** Jiobit.

Pricing ** ******

*** ****** *** ** purchased******** **** *** *************** $** *** **** an ****** ******** ** for $*** **** *****-**-***** service.

****** ******** * ******* plan, ***** ***** $*.** per ***** *** *** first ****** *** $*.** for **** ********** *******.

******* ******* *** ******** are ********* **** *********. For *******,**********, ****** ******* ******* of ******* ***** ********, has * $*** *** (now ** **** *** $99) ***** *** *** a ******* ******* *** that ****** **** ~$** - $**.** *********** ~$** *** *** the ****** **** * $40 ********** *** *** $5 *** ***** *** service.

US ***** **** / ************* *******

*** ****** ** ********* only ***** **** ** the **, *******,******** **** ******** ***************, ******** ** **** on *** ******* ***** these *********/***********:

***, ****, **** *** HSxPA ******** **** *** following ******* *******: ***, 900, ****, **** *** 2100 ***.

** **** ** ************* travel *** ******** ** no ********** ******. *** account ****** ***** ** contact ******* ****** *********.

Mobile **********

****** ********** ** * feature **** ****** *** to *** * ******** around *******, ** ** alerted ** *** ***** wanders **** **** *** caregiver. **** *********** ******* a ********* ****** *****. This ** ******* ** needed; *.*. ***** ********* an ***** ** * stadium *** ********* ***** losing ***** ** *** child. ***** *** *** range ******** *** ****** Geofencing, ****** ***** **** and ***. ** *** tests, **** ******* ** approximately **', *** *** range **** **' - 60' ********* ** ********* signal. *** *** ******* uses *** ********* *** of ***** ********** ** trigger ** ***** *** the *********, ** ***** of ~**' ** *** test.

***** ** ** ******* of *** *******/***** ****** out ** ***** ** ~75' **** ****** ********** enabled. *** ********* ******** a **** ************, *** phone ******** *** *****, and ****** *** *** the ********** ***** ******* from **** ** ******.

Real-Time ********

**** **** ******** ******** a **** ** *** Jiobit ******* ** ** moves, ******** ** * map, ***** *****. **** that *** *******'* ******** is ******* ***** ~** seconds. *** ******* ***** is **** ** *** demonstration ********.

** *** *****, **** time ******** ******** *** accurate, ****** ~**' ** the *******'* ******** ** all ***** ** ******.

Trusted ******

*** ****** *** ****** users ** ****** ******** geofenced *****, ****** ******* Places, ***** ***** ***** to *** ********** ** a ******* ******** **** as **** ** ******. Using *** *** *********** from *** ******* *** mobile ****** **** ******* alerts **** *** ***** arrives *** ********** ******* Places. ** *** *****, this ****** ******* *****.

Physical ********

*** ******* ****** *** only * ****** ******, used *** ********* *** Jiobit. *** ******** ******** are ******* ** *** bottom ** *** ****, with ** ********** ***** for *** **** **** and ****** **** ** the ***.

*** ******* ***** **** several ***********, ********* * case/skin, ******** ****, *** loop *** ***** *** wearing *** ******* (********* below).

Size **********

*** ****** ******* ** compact, ***** ***** *** size ** * **** key *** (***** *****). The ******* ** ***** below ******** ** ** HID *** *** **** bluetooth *******.

*****

***** ** ********* ** the ****** ****** ***, which ** ********* **** iTunes *** ***** *** Google ****. ***** ** rather ******, ***** **** the *********** **** ** purchase *** ****** ** create *********** ****** *****. The ****** ****** *** uses * ****** ***** to ******* ******** ****:

  • ******** ***********
  • ************ ** *****
  • **** *************
  • ******** ********
  • ***** ********** **************
  • ******* ** * "******* place" / **** ********

**** ******* ** ***** below:

*****, ** *** **** will ** **** ** anyone ***** **** *** purchaser ** **** ** noted ** * **** during ******** ** ***** complications ****** *****.

Battery ****

*** ******* ** ********* to ******* ***** * week ** ******* **** on *** ****** **** being **** ** ******* alerts *** ************ ***** the *****'* ********. *** tracker **** **** ** be ********** ******* ** parents *** ********* **** tracking ** *** ***** drain ** **** ****** as *** ******* ******** increases.

Wearing *** *******

*** ******* ***** **** two *********** ***** ** the ******** ******** ******: detached *** ***** *********. The ********* **** ** snug, *** ***** ** ve ********* ** **** it *** ***** **** clothing. ** **** *** small ******* ***** **** grip ****** ******* ******* damaging *** ********. ** tested ** ******** **** 5-11 *** *** **** was *********** ********* **** the *******.

Care ****

*** *** ****** * parent ** ***** ****** with ****** **** **** care *** *** ***** such ** ****** ** sitters. ***** ***** ** the **** **** **** be **** ** ******* all ** *** ********* that *** ******* ******* holder *** (******, **** tracking, ***.) *** ****** invite ******.

Good **** *******

*** ***** ** ****** was **** ** ******* and ********** ****** ******* questions **** *** ****** of ****, **** ******** to ******** *** ********* or *********** ** *********. They ******** ***** **** short ***** ***** *** responded ** ******** **** sessions ****** ***********.

********

*** **** ******* ******** and *** **** **** at *** **** ** testing:

  • ****** *******: *** *.**
  • ****** ***: ******* *.*.* (35)

Comments (14)

** **** ********* *** us ***** **** **** of ****** *** *** time. ** **** **** any **** ** ****** program?

**** - * ***** with ****** ***** ****. They ********* **** ****** to *** ***** *** do *** **** * dealer *******, *** *** taking *********** **** ***** who *** **********.

**** *** **** ***** while ****** ** *** charger?

******, ** * ********* one ** ***** ** a ******* *** *** permanently ****** ** ** the ******* **** ***** supply ***** *** *** vehicle, ***** ** ***** work?

***, ** ** ******** and ***** ********** ***.

"**** ******* ********:****** **** *** ******** ***** ** *** ******* ******** *******, "

********* *** ***** "**** *** ********" ****** *** ******** ******* cell *******? ** *** ***** ** ***** *** *********?

**** *** ********** ** provide ******** ********.

***, *** **** **** not **** **** "**** GPS ********" - *** are ********** *** ****** of ********* * ******** (GPS) **** *** ****** of ********* **** ******** back ** ** ******** (Cellular ** **** ******, comm ********* **** **** or *******, ********* ** with ****, **** ** 1.2m **** ** **** BRB). *** *** ** uplink (****, **** ***** can ******...) ** ********** that ****** * ******* based ****** ***** *** tracker * "**** ***" tracker ** **** **********.

*'* ***** ** ** a ******, *** ***** is **** ** **** misinformation ** *** ***** of ******** ***** ***, the ********* **** ** particular *** *** **** capable **** *** ******* buyer ***********.

****, ******** * *** or ******* **** ******** is ***** ** **** just **** **** * GPS ******* **** ******** uplink **** ****** ****** you **** ** * big ***** ** ******* - ** ***** ****, maybe *******.

** ****, *** ** ** * ****** ***** ***** **** to ***** *********?

** *** **** ** know ******* *********** ** can ** **** ** track ********* ** ******* or *** **'* *********** / *********** ** ***** employees **** * ***** GPS?

***** *********? ***** ****** or ******** ******** ****? If **'* *** ***** I ***** ***** *** better ******* *** ***** that **** **** **** information ***** *** ****** vehicle. ** ***'** ****** about ******* ** ** their ****** * ***** think **** ***** **** into *** **** ** HR ********* *** * PR ********* ****** **** were ***** **** **** being ******* *** ****** to **. ** **** agree ** **, * think ****** **** ***** their ******** ****** ** ************ ** ****** *** free.

**, ** **** ******** ****** ** ***** tracking *** ***, ***** ***** **** a **** * ********* implementation *** * ********.

* ****** ** ***** *** **** ****'* ****** **********? *'** been ** *** ****** *** *** *** ** ******** ***, but * ***** ******* *** ******* **** ** ******* ** offline **** ** ***** **** *** ** * ****** *****.

** - ** ***** be * *******, *** will *** ********** ******* the *******. *** ****** will ***** ** ********** with *** *******, *** will **** ** ** paired *****. *** ***** button ***** ** ** depressed *** ** ******* for * *****.

** ******* ** ****** than * ** **, but * ********* ****** would ** ****** ****** with ****, ** ***** offline *********** (**** *** pair ** **** **?) with * ******* ****** autistic ***** *** **** off * **** ** a ******* **** ******. If ** **** ******** it... *****, ********* ****.

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