NTT DoCoMo to soon offer child tracking services Imadoco
NTT DoCoMo has announced that they would soon be launching a new service, which would enable parents to monitor the whereabouts of their children through their cell phones. The service is expected to be launched in March 2006 and would be called “Imadoco” (Japanese for ‘where are you now?’). Parents would also have the option to subscribe to email updates about the whereabouts of their children.
With this launch, the company would also be releasing a new handset for children that include features such as a panic alarm that kids can activate if they feel they are in danger. This phone is codenamed SA800i and it has been designed in such a way that children won’t be able to disable the tracking feature.
The service would require the kids to have a 3G cell phone and the parent to have any 2G or 3G handset that supports the I-mode wireless data service. Parents would also be able to use a personal computer to track the locations of their kids carrying the mobile phones powered by Imadoco service. NTT DoCoMo has also designed their new product SA800i in such a way that the phone can be set into a mode where it would automatically switches itself on and sends location information should the child turn it off.