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911Tracker Talks to SVCTE Students about Developing a Quality Product

911Tracker was honored to be invited to the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education center to talk about the development of the T3 Vehicle Security Tracker and the new project we are currently working on, as well as offer career advice to students and explain what is involved in developing a product and what to keep in mind when starting a business.

I started the presentation off by talking about my schooling and early career experience. We discussed how important it is to take a summer job relevant to the field you are training in because not only will you gain valuable technical skills and hands-on experience, but you will make many connections and learn how to communicate and collaborate with people in the workplace. We also talked about getting a well-rounded education in engineering to create a diverse background of knowledge.

We discussed the pros and cons of working in small, medium-sized, and large companies, and what to think about if you’d like to become an entrepreneur.  I talked about my first start-up that I developed with my friend Ron, Comsift (ComSifter is a web filter that blocks out adult content), and how that led to the opportunity to develop 911Tracker.  I talked about all the obstacles and challenges my business partner Calvin and I ran into, and all the changes we had to make to bring 911Tracker to the market.  To learn more about 911Tracker, please visit here.

I thoroughly enjoyed talking to these talented students and received many insightful questions. We wish them much luck as they continue their education and begin their careers.

Thank you Jim Burnham for taking these photos:

A T3 for when Seconds Matter

Seconds matter, especially in an emergency situation when a life is on the line. A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses the difficulty 911 call centers have in pinpointing the location of a call to 911 coming from a cell phone, and the technology Google is testing out to improve the accuracy. “Federal regulators estimate shaving a minute off response times could save as many 10,000 lives each year.”

If you have the T3 call 911, the 911 operator will be able to see exactly where your car is located.  When the T3 user (either owner or their emergency contact) is talking to the 911 operator, either the T3 user or the 911 operator just presses 3 and the T3 speaks the pinpoint GPS location along with the speed and direction of the vehicle. Emergency responders can get to the exact location of the emergency and help save lives.

The T3 Vehicle Security System is different than any other anti-theft system. No call center is used, saving the T3 owner time and money. Not only can it be a lifesaver in an emergency situation, but the T3 will alert you if there is any unauthorized movement in your vehicle.

There is no activation fee, no contract or cancellation fees, and you always get our 911Tracker 30 day Risk Free Guarantee. You can cancel your current plan and begin a new plan at any time. We also provide complete security and we never share your information with anyone.

For more information on the T3 Vehicle Security System visit https://www.911tracker.com/products.

TECH TIP: When the T3 owner has contacted police about theft of their vehicle, the owner can send a secure message to the T3 to disable the vehicle starter and help police catch the thief.

New T3 Android App

You asked for it and we delivered! Head to the Google Play store to download our new free  Android app 911Tracker T3 App that will allow for you to check the status of your vehicle in one simple tap! You can now:

◦ See Google Map™ with location of your T3 right on your homepage 
◦ One tap shows real-time GPS location including speed and direction
◦ One tap shows status with ignition, vehicle alarm, vehicle battery voltage, starter enabled
◦ One tap has your phone talking to the T3 — Then a second tap has you talking to 911
◦ One tap lets you choose which of your T3 units you are seeing (can be up to 50)
◦ One tap lets you see past information for messages & calls
◦ If T3 sends you an alarm, you choose if it should sound when phone is vibrate mode
◦ One tap to Settings

Settings
◦ One tap to select T3 Mode
◦ One tap to unlock vehicle door
◦ One tap to disable or enable vehicle starter
◦ One tap to have your T3 call your phone
◦ Lets you enter phone numbers for Emergency Contacts

Menu
◦ Provides Help for Checking the T3, linking to your MyTracker, T3 configuration
◦ Lets you set up an App PIN for security
◦ Lets you add another T3 for your App
◦ Shows you suggested uses for your T3
◦ Provides T3 User Guide
◦ Provides T3 Installation Guide
◦ Provides T3 Troubleshooting

Want to get your new T3 App Setup? It’s easy!
◦ Just download and install — just enter T3 phone number and T3PIN
◦ Lets you be a T3 Owner or a T3 Emergency Contact
◦ Lets you change the T3 nickname
◦ Lets you change your phone to a new phone
◦ Lets you change your T3PIN

7 Gift Ideas for the Car-Loving Guy

Looking for a gift for a guy who is into cars, and have no idea where to begin? We put together some ideas for you:

A Car Care Kit.  This has all the products needed to keep his car shiny and looking like new!

A Branded Baseball Cap. He’ll love wearing a hat with is favorite brand, like this Jeep one.

A Lego Kit. He’ll have so much fun building his own car with Legos, like this Ferrari.

Car Air Fresheners.  A perfect stocking stuffer, all three of these are masculine scents that will keep his car smelling great!

Speedometer and Fuel Gage Cufflinks. These will be a great conversation starter when attending gatherings.

Smart Tire Safety Monitor: So he doesn’t have to guess what is wrong with his tires.

The T3 Vehicle Security System from 911Tracker. So he can have peace of mind since he will notified if his car has any unauthorized movement, and will be able to track his vehicle’s location and connect to the authorities nearest to the car!

Happy holidays to you, and your car-loving guy!

911Tracker Fall Specials

Is a T3 Vehicle Security System on your wish list? Take advantage of our two fall specials below. We are also offering additional discounts if you order multiple units (keep in mind, the T3 makes an excellent holiday gift).

T3-SS3    T3 Vehicle Security System that includes the T3 Tracker AND a 3-month Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA.  The Normal price is $289, but the T3-SS3 Fall Special is only $199, a savings of $90!  If you purchase two or more, each unit is only $189.

T3-SS12   T3 Vehicle Security System that includes the T3 Tracker AND a one-year Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA.  The Normal price is $432, but the T3-SS12 Fall Special is only $299, a savings of $133.  If you purchase two or more, each unit is only $279.

The T3 Vehicle Security System is different than any other anti-theft system. The T3 alerts you immediately if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement. You call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your car – even if you are thousands of miles away. You are talking directly to police within seconds of the emergency. No call center is used – saving you time and money.

There is no activation free, no contract or cancellation fees, and you always get our 911Tracker 30 day Risk Free Guarantee. You can cancel your current plan and begin a new plan at any time. We also provide complete security and we never share your information with anyone. Your secret PIN gives you complete control and the location text goes directly to your phone and is never stored.

For more information and to purchase your T3 system through our special, visit our website.

We’d like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.  We are so thankful for each and every one of our customers, and to show our thanks we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky randomly selected customer. To enter this giveaway, please visit

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Stay safe on Halloween & mischief night

Halloween is such an exciting time for kids and families. But it, along with mischief night, can also be a bit dangerous. Follow these tips to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your possessions safe.

Mischief Night is typically a time for pranksters to have some generally harmless fun. Occasionally though, vandals use this time to cause destruction to your vehicle. Now is the time to take some precautions to protect your car.

-If you have a garage, be sure to park your vehicle in it. Although pranks usually just involve egging the car or putting crisco on the door handles, these things can damage the vehicle’s paint.

-Be sure to keep the lights inside and outside your home on. This may deter pranksters and vandals since it implies someone is home and watching.

-Keep valuables safe in your home. It is never a good idea to leave things like wallets, purses, and electronic devices in your car.

-Take a look at your insurance policy and check your coverage. If a vandal gets really destructive and decides to spray paint your vehicle, comprehensive car insurance will protect you.

-Install a T3 tracker on your vehicle in case someone gets very bold and decides to take your car for a ride. With this device, you will be alerted the moment your vehicle makes an unauthorized movement or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. The alert will show you the GPS location, speed, and direction your vehicle is traveling. You can then easily connect to the 911 operator closest to the vehicle allowing you to speak directly to the police within seconds.

On Halloween there are lots of people out and about, both on foot, and in vehicles. Here are some ways to keep yourself, and those around you, safe.

For those driving-

-Be careful, and pay close attention, especially between 4pm and 8pm when trick-or-treaters are out in full force.

-Drive slowly in residential neighborhoods, possibly even slower than usual in case children dash out into the road.

-Be extra aware of traffic signs and speed limits.

-Watch closely for children crossing the street. In all of the excitement, they may come out from in between cars and not use crosswalks.

-Keep your headlights on, even during daylight hours so that your vehicle is highly visible.

For those walking-

-Teach your children how to safely cross streets by using crosswalks, not walking out between cars, and making sure they’re visible to drivers before they cross.

-Take flashlights to make yourselves more visible. You can also put reflective tape on costumes or put glow stick necklaces and bracelets on the kids.

Don’t let the implications of mischief night or Halloween scare you. Enjoy the time with your family, but stay alert and aware of your surroundings. For more information on the T3 and how to protect your vehicle visit our website, https://www.911tracker.com/.

Halloween Road Trip Destinations

The Fall is a beautiful time to take a road trip, and with Halloween just around the corner, why not combine them? There are hundreds of Halloween inspired events happening all over the country this month, but it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth the trip. Here are our top choices for Halloween road trip destinations.

-Eastern State Penitentiary, Terror Behind The Walls

Eastern State is not only one of the country’s most historic prisons, it is also one of the most haunted. It was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but today its ruins offer a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and guard towers. While in operation, it housed some of the most notorious criminals. Now it’s a museum by day, and America’s largest haunted house by night. https://www.easternstate.org/

 

-West Hollywood Halloween Carnival

The self-proclaimed “largest Halloween street party in the world,” rivals New York’s Village parade in terms of eccentricity. There is entertainment in the form of stage performers and of course, people watching. The Carnival is located on Santa Monica Blvd. between Doheny Dr. and La Cienega Blvd. from 6pm-11pm on Halloween. https://www.visitwesthollywood.com/halloween-carnaval/

 

-Salem, Massachusetts

Salem is known for the witch trials that took place in the late 1600’s, resulting in a number of innocent people being executed on charges of witchcraft. The town pays tribute its storied history all year, but come Halloween time, there’s nowhere else like it. There are haunted houses, special events at the Witch Museum, the House of Seven Gables, and the Witch House, along with street performers, parades, and costume balls. https://hauntedhappenings.org/

 

-Sleepy Hollow, NY/Village Halloween Parade

Sleepy Hollow is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the world, so it is definitely a perfect place to visit around Halloween. They have cemetery tours, haunted hayrides, festivals, the Great Jackolantern Blaze, and more. Maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of the headless horseman searching for his replacement head.

http://visitsleepyhollow.com/halloween-in-sleepy-hollow/

And while you’re in the area (Sleepy Hollow is just 30 miles outside of NYC), check out the Village Halloween parade, http://halloween-nyc.com/.

Wherever you’re headed this Fall, keep yourself, your belongings and your vehicle safe. Follow our road trip tips (http://911tracker-blog.com/family-road-trip-tips/, http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/)  for a smooth ride, and check out our current specials to protect your car.

Parking Lot Safety Tips

We know it can be difficult to get all of your errands and shopping done during daylight hours, which oftentimes means you’re walking to and from your car in the dark. Parking lots can be a bit scary at night so we want to make sure you’re using the correct precautions, as well as point out some T3 features you may not know about.

  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 14% of all vehicle collisions resulting in damage happen in parking lots, so be aware of other drivers.
  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians.
  • Avoid parking in dark, secluded areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, go back into the store you just left and ask for help.
  • Always lock your car doors as soon as you get in.
  • If you are going to multiple stores, be sure to keep shopping bags and other valuables out of site. You don’t want to make your car look more appealing to thieves.

When going from place to place, it can sometimes be difficult to remember exactly where you parked. By installing a T3 Tracker on your vehicle, you can find the exact location of your car with a tap on the app. You’ll never have to wander through the parking lot looking for your car again.

The T3 will also protect your car by notifying you immediately if your car makes an unauthorized movement or a factory installed alarm is triggered. This will give you a chance to contact 911 as soon as possible with the gps coordinates of your vehicle and the direction it is traveling.

Other helpful features of the T3:

  • You can check the location, speed, and direction of your vehicle anytime you want.
  • In the event of an emergency, you can contact the 911 operator closest to your vehicle even if you’re thousands of miles away.
  • You can unlock your doors with a simple text.
  • There is no activation fee, no contracts, and no cancellation fees.
  • The T3 offers complete privacy. With your secret pin you have complete control over your account. All account information is sent via text between the T3 and your cell phone, but only when you request it. It is never stored or sent via the internet.

Follow these tips to keep yourself, and your vehicle safe. For more information on the T3 and its capabilities, visit our website, https://www.911tracker.com/.

TECH TIP: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call.  The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.

2017 Good Guys West Coast Car Show

Are you going to the Goodguys 31st West Coast Nationals Car Show August 25, 26, and 27? The 3-day show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA features thousands of rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks all from 1972 and earlier. America’s most beautiful street rod will be crowned and spectators can enjoy a Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, numerous displays, live entertainment, and a kids zone complete with arts & crafts, games, prizes, and free make and takes. Share your love of cars with the family!

There will also be a number of vendor and manufacturer exhibits, including a 911Tracker booth for the 5th year in a row. Make sure you stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about the T3 Tracker and all of its capabilities. We are located at #188 Building A. This is the same spot as last year!

For details and ticket/registration information you can find it on the Good Guys Website https://www.good-guys.com/wcn-2017.