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Jiobit News
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December 14, 2020
Jiobit N100 PAPR as part of the Chicago Rapid Response team.

For the past two months the Jiobit Hardware team has been working tirelessly to create PPE solutions for our healthcare and essential workers during this pandemic. With the anticipated PPE shortage and current demand outstripping supply, the team focused on solutions that use standard off-the-shelf parts and 3D rapid prototyping to create Face Shields and Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) systems that can be assembled easily and anywhere in the world.

Product Updates
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December 14, 2020
Jiobit Feature Release: Alert Me (pilot) and Wi-Fi Alert (pilot)

Introducing two new ways to get critical notifications. Alert Me and Wi-Fi Alert (pilot features). As always, we’re continuing to develop new features in order to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. We encourage you to try these new pilot features out at your home with your Jiobit users and customize them to work for you.

Modern Parenting
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December 14, 2020
Stuck Indoors? Here are some online fitness, movement, and mindfulness resources for burning that energy.

Burning all that pent up energy is critical for family sanity. And for those of us who have relied on city sidewalks and playgrounds as our backyards--or for the days when the weather prohibits us from responsibly sending our kids out back--we need some outlet for that crazy vibe.Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite online movement resources made for kids. Hopefully any downstairs neighbors understand that we’re all in this together.

Modern Parenting
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December 14, 2020
Online At-Home Education Resources We Love - Oh Yeah, And They're Free

We’ve put together some of our favorite FREE digital learning resources to help during this period of COVID-19 education disruption.

Jiobit News
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April 13, 2020
Jiobit Partners with Kringle Labs to Track Santa's Reindeer

Jiobit, working with Santa's elves and secret government agencies, will be running test flights starting today across the globe.

Jiobit News
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November 11, 2019
From The Daily Dot: “Jiobit’s solution is small, smart, subtle, and secure with 256-bit SSL AES encryption.”

The Daily Dot put together its list of the 10 best GPS trackers for kids - “While GPS trackers are often used to find your keys, navigate while driving, or relocate lost pets, parents can also use these devices to keep a virtual eye on their children.”

Jiobit News
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November 1, 2019
From WIRED Magazine: “The keychain-sized Jiobit is the easiest tracker to clip to a wriggly kid's belt loop, shoelace, or backpack.”

WIRED Magazine has featured Jiobit once again, this time in their November 2019 issue’s Gadget Lab section. With an abundance of GPS monitors and trackers popping up in the last year, it is important to choose the solution that is right for your family. 

Product Updates
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December 14, 2020
Using Jiobit after Updating to iOS 13

iOS13 is Apple’s latest software update for iPhones and includes new location permission settings which impact all location sharing applications. Although Jiobit has not made any changes, you may want to update your settings with iOS13 to ensure you can continue to access all of Jiobit’s features.

Jiobit News
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December 21, 2020
Jiobit is the most awarded GPS Tracker For Kids

Jiobit is the first of its kind patented location tracking platform, enabling the longest lasting and smallest real-time location products with best-in-class security. Jiobit is water-resistant, durable, discreet, and provides accurate real-time tracking at any distance. Featuring a host of encryption and security technologies, Jiobit is trusted by federal government customers, law enforcement professionals, and thousands of pet owners and families, with usage in every populated continent in the world.

Jiobit News
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January 15, 2021
From WIRED: “I've tried the Monkey Kid sensor and the Relay, but the Jiobit is still my favorite.”

WIRED has rounded up the best gear for traveling with kids - something most of us know is no small feat. From headphones to car seats to strollers - this article gives a bunch of awesome tips for parents on the move.

Jiobit News
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August 21, 2019
Jiobit Receives SBIR Phase II Award from U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Jiobit, an advanced location tracking platform, a substantial contract to proceed into Phase II of its Small Business Innovation & Research (SBIR) Program. Established in 1982, the SBIR is a highly competitive program that supports research and development by small businesses with strong potential for military and commercial use.

Modern Parenting
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January 21, 2020
How Jiobit helps families

Read the heartwarming stories of how Alicia and Sarah use Jiobit for their families. Alicia describes Lilly as fun loving and independent. When you meet her you’re immediately drawn to her contagious energy. She has autism level 2 which can sometimes result in her losing focus and wandering off. Sarah, describes Cohen as her little ninja because of his tendency to escape and wander.

Child Safety
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January 15, 2021
From CNBC: This tracker tells parents when their kids are straying from safe places

Check out CNBC editor, Lora Kolodny’s interview with Jiobit CEO and live demo of the location monitor.

Modern Parenting
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May 7, 2019
US Weekly: The Best Mother's Day Buys

Here are some tips on what to do and not do for Mother's Day this year. A must do is to check out US Weekly's Mother's Day gift guide. Jiobit comes in at #2 on their list!

Jiobit Stories
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April 23, 2019
Josh’s Story

Karen is the primary caregiver for her 26-year-old son Josh who has developmental delays. She uses Jiobit to make sure he’s safe and keep track of him when he’s with different caregivers.

Jiobit Stories
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April 11, 2019
Leo's Story

Leo is an animal loving 9-year old boy. He is autistic with limited communication and a tendency to wander, which of course is very worrisome for his parents. Here what his mom Angel has to say.

Jiobit Stories
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December 18, 2020
The Trautwein Family

Alicia Trautwein has 4 kids, 3 of which are on the autism spectrum. She is the founder of The Mom Kind, an autism parenting website where parents can get advice and support. She recently invited us into her home and shared a little about her journey with autism.

Jiobit Stories
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May 2, 2019
Lilly’s Story

Every parent wishes for their kids to develop independence - that is until it leaves the parent in a complete panic. This is what happened when Alicia’s daughter Lilly decided to leave the house without telling anyone.

Jiobit Stories
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April 11, 2019
Cohen’s Story

Imagine how you’d feel after receiving a call letting you know that your son, who you believed was at home safe, was in fact 5 miles away dodging traffic on his bike. This happened to Sarah who learned that her son Cohen, who has severe autism, had left the house on his bike without her knowing.

Jiobit Stories
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April 8, 2019
Andrea’s Story

Andrea is a mom to an 8-year-old boy with autism. She shared with us some of the challenges she faces and how Jiobit has helped her family.

Jiobit Stories
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April 23, 2019
Supporting Autism Acceptance

During the month of April, we will be doing our part to support autism acceptance and inclusion. In addition to donating a portion of our proceeds KultureCity, a non-profit supporting individuals with autism and sensory disorder, we’re also shining a spotlight on our users who are caring for a child with autism.

Jiobit News
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March 11, 2020
Jiobit Pledges to ‘Go Blue’ During Autism Awareness Month by Donating Proceeds to KultureCity

Jiobit, a Chicago-based provider of wireless location-based technologies, proudly announces a partnership with KultureCity, an organization focused on providing acceptance and inclusion for individuals with autism and other sensory needs. In observance of Autism Awareness Month, Jiobit will donate a portion of all April sales to support KultureCity.

Modern Parenting
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December 18, 2020
GPS Trackers for Kids: What Parents Need To Know

A guide to purchasing a GPS tracker for kids. Learn about the features and benefits, how GPS trackers work, when to use them, and why they may require a subscription service.

Jiobit News
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December 15, 2020
FORBES: Jiobit is the perfect tracker for pets and kids

From Forbes: "If you have small children or a beloved pet, Jiobit is easy to use and can provide welcome peace of mind."

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
From WIRED Magazine: This GPS Tracker is Like Having a Marauder's Map for Your Kids

"This simple and attractive GPS-enabled tracker is the best way to keep tabs on your pets and kids." - WIRED Magazine

Modern Parenting
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December 15, 2020
From Fatherly: This Tiny GPS Tracker Lets You Keep Tabs On Your Kid At All Times

Fatherly writer Dave Baldwin recently wrote about his experience with Jiobit. He described it as a product designed as much for children who wander off as it is for full-on free-rangers. Jiobit can securely attach to a kid’s clothes ⏤ be it a shoelace, belt, or buttonhole ⏤ thanks to a built-in loop and waistband clip, or it can be put it in their pocket.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
From POPSUGAR: This GENIUS New Tech Product Is For Parents Worried About Ever Losing Their Kids

A POPSUGAR editor and mom recently took Jiobit for a spin. "[Jiobit is] an incredibly small and lightweight tracking device that can be worn on a child's belt loop, shoelace, or even hidden inside of a shirt. It syncs to an adult's phone so that they can track their kid anywhere — no distance limits!"

Modern Parenting
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December 15, 2020
10 Reasons Jiobit Will Bring Your Family Peace of Mind

From accurate and real-time location tracking at any distance to knowing who your child is with rather than just knowing where they are, this is why Jiobit will bring your family peace of mind.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
People Ask Why Jiobit Requires a Monthly Subscription. Here’s Why.

Any steps we can take to ensure the safety or our kids decreases our anxiety, brings us peace of mind and, let’s be honest, makes us feel like a better parent.

Jiobit News
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December 15, 2020
What Parents Are Saying About Jiobit

For the last year, thousands of families have begun using Jiobit and loving the peace of mind it brings. Here's what some Jio-Families are saying.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit’s TrustChip Technology Is Protecting Your Child’s Location Data

The first-of-its-kind Jiobit TrustChip delivers unmatched security and encryption, meeting or exceeding US-government standards. It’s a parent’s dream and hacker’s worst nightmare.

Jiobit News
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December 15, 2020
Jiobit Recognized For Dedication to Innovation After Securing 3 New Patents

Jiobit has been selected as one of this year's Chicago Innovation Award winners. This exciting honor comes just after the team has secured three patents for their location tracking technology.

Child Safety
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March 18, 2019
How Jiobit Is Helping This Mom And Her Autistic Son

Jiobit is helping this mom of 2 keep her autistic son safe: "I am hopeful that it will help me give him more room to grow as he gains his independence."

Jiobit News
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December 15, 2020
Jiobit: PCMag Editor's Choice

Jiobit wins PCMag's Editor's Choice award.

Modern Parenting
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December 15, 2020
From Buzzfeed: I Put A Tracking Device On My Kid (And My Pup) And This Is What Happened

Here what Buzzfeed editor, Krista Torres had to say about using Jiobit: "I definitely felt relief and peace of mind using it."

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Working Parents: Jiobit Keeps Me Connected While I'm Away

As a Dad who works a job where overnight travel happens quite a bit, I am always looking for new and innovative ways to stay connected with life at home.

Jiobit News
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December 15, 2020
Jiobit featured on Red Tricycle

Red Tricycle is my favorite parenting site (honestly I check it before I check Facebook in the mornings). They talk about family events, vacations, back to school guides and more. Trust me, they're worth a read. I was extra thrilled when I saw Red Tricycle write about Jiobit.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
How much does Jiobit weigh?

We get this question all the time: How much does Jiobit weigh? Well, we figured instead of telling you how many grams or ounces, we'd show you! Watch how Jiobit compares to other kid trackers and some things you'd find in your kids' pockets.

Product Updates
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December 15, 2020
The Most Advanced Location Tracking Technology in the World

Our team has gone beyond making a simple GPS tracker for kids; Jiobit is now the most advanced location tracking technology in the world. Read the latest Jiobit updates.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
How the heck does Jiobit stay securely attached all day?

The number one question we always hear from people: How does Jiobit attach to my kid's clothes? Great question! So great, we put together a short video about all the different attachment methods. Take a moment to watch!

Product Updates
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December 21, 2020
First Working Units!

Over the last 18 months, Jiobit has gone through quite the transformation and miniaturization. Watch how it changed from initial board designs and 3D print models to the first working unit.

Product Updates
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December 15, 2020
Mesh Networking: It Takes a Village

Let’s face it, even the best parents could use an extra set of eyes. Yes, Jiobit locates your most precious cargo, but we also believe it’s equally important to know WHO they are with. This is where Mesh Networking comes in.

Product Updates
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December 15, 2020
Jiobit Update: Engineering, Attachments and Charging

Jiobit isn't just a GPS kid tracker: It' the smallest and longest lasting location tracking device designed specifically for kids. From engineering breakthroughs to attachment options, we're getting closer to releasing Jiobit into the wild.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit in the News

We announced a $3 Million fundraising round which was reported in TechCrunch, The Chicago Tribune, ChicagoInno and more. 

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Why a Lost Kid is So Scary for Parents

We heard from parents how stressful and terrifying it can be to lose track of a child. Most of the time, lost kids are off being kids, but that doesn't calm a parent's anxiety.

Modern Parenting
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December 21, 2020
Founder’s Series: Finding your way by channeling childhood inspirations

I’m a technologist, and have been from an early age. My passion for tech has been the springboard for starting my own company.