uKnowKids uses social networking data as well as Wi-Fi Positioning Systems (WPS), GPS and Assisted GPS (A-GPS) to determine your child's location.
Google, Apple, various phone makers and carriers have compiled their own very extensive databases of Wi-Fi access point locations by correlating Wi-Fi access points with GPS locations of cell phone, smartphone, and in some cases, tablet computer users. Anonymously determining users' location in this way is part of virtually every cell phone terms-of-service agreement, though most phones allow the user to turn off location services.
When attempting to determine the location of your child's phone, uKnowKids not only taps into available geo-tag information from social networks but we utilize various WPS databases and combine this information with the available GPS data from your child's phone in order to provide reliable and accurate location data under a wide range of conditions, including among tall buildings, indoors and when GPS signals may be weak or intermittent.
WPS does not work when out of range of Wi-Fi signals, and the Wi-Fi hotspot databases are constantly updated by Google, Apple, phone makers and carriers in order to keep up with Wi-Fi hotspot changes.
While GPS is generally well understood, A-GPS uses carrier network resources to locate and use the GPS satellites in poor signal conditions. This comprehensive approach to our location services, is another way uKnowKids from uKnow.com makes parenting easier and helps you keep your kids safe.
Learn more about enabling/disabling the location services on your child's phone.