A further addition to my James Bond-esque arsenal of apps I‘m currently acquiring (and possibly the coolest one yet) comes in the form of a tracking device. A brand new, free app for iOS and Android, Folr is a geo-location, permission based monitoring system that allows you to track the whereabouts of your loved ones in real time. Utilising a sleek, simple interface, Folr is a genuine step forward in our modern age of interconnectivity, using contemporary technology to provide a practical safety tool for concerned parents, husbands, wives and friends. Or indeed wannabe supersleuths.
Folr allows you to track people in your phone’s contact list, as long as they consent and are signed up to Folr themselves. So the developer’s main focus is not anonymously spying on vague acquaintances, but family security. If you’re a parent that has to leave their children in the hands of semi-strangers for the work day, Folr is sure to provide you with peace of mind, allowing you to check in with the nanny whenever you like and make sure everyone‘s where they‘re supposed to be. It will even send you unobtrusive updates on the movements of your chosen target. The parent-child demographic is undoubtedly where Folr will make its biggest mark, and the list of applications in different situations is vast. Make sure the kids are at school? Check. Make sure they caught the bus OK? Check. Or we can turn it on its head as this train runs both ways; make sure Mum’s at work and not sipping gin on the stairs? Check. Make sure Dad’s on his way to pick you up when he said he would? Check. The advantages are obvious!
The system also provides peace of mind for concerned spouses or other halves when their partners are away or abroad. There’s a slightly shady side to proceedings with this dynamic, obviously, but largely it’s going to be more useful than not. You can also use Folr to check in with elderly relatives who may be living on their own or keep tabs on friends who might be around your neighbourhood for a drink.
There are also less obvious uses for the app in a wider social and economic sense. With its inbuilt ability to create and designate ‘Zones‘, schools and institutions could utilise it as a sort of role call, by marking the boundaries of a campus. But the thing that caught my imagination (while tying in nicely with my imagined Bond persona) was the unique ‘History’ function. Imagine for a moment being faced with the horrible reality of a missing loved one. Wouldn’t it be handy to track their last known movements? Indeed, this app might provide you with their definitive last known movements, or even give you a clue as to their current whereabouts. Folr allows you to do this, and could be a great aid in times of urgency and distress.
All in all, Folr is a practical, well intentioned app that can provide genuine peace of mind for people concerned about their loved ones. It’s free, contains no advertising, and is not associated with any third parties, so if you feel like a little more security in your life, you should definitely give it a follow.