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Family members have the ability to keep track of their family’s location and make sure they are safe at all times. For instance, parents would be able to see where their children and if they were at the location they said they were. So if children should be in school, their parents should be able to see that their children’s location is situated in school. Couples would want to keep track of each other, either in a nice way or to track for cheating. Likewise with parents and children, couples could make sure their significant other is where they said they would be as well as just letting the other person know that they are not in danger. A group of friend s could also let others know their own location. For instance, after going out for the night, a group of friends could make sure that everyone got home safely. Likewise, while going out it could help them relocate lost members from the group since everyone in the group knows the location of the missing member. It is a caretaker ’s job to make sure their dependent is safe. This software can make sure that their dependent, whether they are the elderly or a young child, is always safe and can locate them when they are missing. Other Stakeholders Besides focusing on the main audience, there are some people that might also influence how we implement and create the software. Law enforcements, criminals, privacy advocates and GPS providers may also play a key part in the production and considerations of the software. Law enforcements could possibly use the software to help track missing persons in case something was the happen to them. For instance, if a person was missing, law enforcements could see their location or see their last known location and expand their search from there. Another use of the software for law enforcements would be to obtain data on criminals and suspects. Of course, law enforcements would have to subpoena this information, but once they do so they would have access the user’s latest whereabouts.
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Criminals might be deterred from kidnapping people who are using the app since they have a higher chance of being caught. On the other hand, criminals who are more tech-savvy might come up with ways to steal information about key targets to know of their normal movements and use this information maliciously. Mobile phone manufacturers are also key influencers for the software because each phone has different compatibility requirements. The software needs to be able to interact with different hardware and software requirements of each phone. Privacy advocates may worry about the privacy implications, the software would have to have features to satisfy their worries to avoid negative PR. GPS providers have certain restrictions the software would have to be aware of.
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  • Fall '16
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