Keeping in touch and maintaining contact with friends and family these days can be easy but occasionally you may experience difficulties, especially if you are relying on a mobile tracking program to locate people. These can make finding people easy while you are out, help parents to keep tabs on teenagers, while making sure younger children don’t go wondering off and allowing you to check in on elderly relatives but these are a few of the problems you may encounter.
Occasionally though suspicions can be raised when the mobile phone you are tracking goes down. There are a number of reasons why a tracked mobile may not appear when you check the software that enables tracking to take place. It does not automatically mean something is wrong or you should be worried about what your teenage kids are up to.
Mobile tracking relies on three or more telecommunication masts to be within range to enable a signal to be sent and once received its distance and direction calculated. If for some reason the signal is obscured or weakened then it may not be possible to pinpoint the location of the mobile phone.
This may not mean that the phone is switched off but that the person could be underground. Subways, underground car parks or the metro are all subterranean places where people regularly travel and where getting a mobile signal can be impossible. As you need a direct line of sight, tall buildings, narrow alleyways and city centres can sometimes make tracking difficult.
Even with the vast number of phone masts that populate the average city environment there are still likely to be blind spots where coverage is not that great and reception is difficult. The opposite is also true, the great outdoors is not always conducive to tracking mobile phones. If you are in a wide-open space where there aren’t many masts then this will also affect the results given when trying to pinpoint a location.
Technical issues can equally create a cause for concern when you cannot locate your kids or elderly relatives by their phones. It could be something as simple as a dead battery or that the phone hasn’t been properly charged. For mobile tracking to work properly you do need it switched on and if it runs out of charge or is switched off then you will encounter problems. Equally if the network is busy, during a popular sporting event or concert, not being able to log onto the network will affect the results.
So if you are having trouble tracking down your relatives and friends don’t panic, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are hiding from you, up to something mischievous or have been kidnapped. It could just be that they are on the tube, forgot to charge their phone or are in a lift.