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Overall
76.5%
76.5%
  • Design - 71%
    71%
  • Sound - 75%
    75%
  • Battery - 84%
    84%
  • Connectivity - 76%
    76%

Summary

The tracking and fast communication device Canyon GPS tracker makes a pleasant impression in appearance, ergonomics, and reliable operation. With its help, you can find out where the older person is, remotely monitor the pulse, listen to the situation nearby, send or receive a voice message, and quickly contact the subscriber. But the limitations of 2G communication can cause certain inconveniences due to additional expenses for expensive communication of GSM operators – you will have to put up with this. From the point of view of usability, we note the high quality of sound during calls and conversations and a rather capacious battery, the charge of which is enough with active use for about three days.

Some seniors require increased attention, as well as remote monitoring of their health and even location. A unique GPS tracker Canyon CNE-ST01BB with cellular communication function will help with this.

Modern smartwatches have long acquired various sensors that track human health, as well as GPS modules that allow you to record your route and show your location. More advanced specimens have a radio module for cellular communication. These functions even began to be used for children’s watches to monitor the child, and he could contact the parents at any time, for example, in dangerous situations.
Such devices can also be used to care for the elderly, a means for emergency communication with whom it is a vital necessity. But all such devices are quite difficult to learn and display with small numbers and letters, which is not always suitable for impaired vision.

Canyon, a manufacturer of various wearable electronic gadgets, including fitness bracelets and watches, took all these nuances into account and released a GPS tracker without a display but with all monitoring functions and fast communication. Canyon GPS tracker for Seniors CNE-ST01BB is explicitly aimed at older people with disabilities and allows you to monitor a person’s health, track his location and provide communication with him at any time. The parent himself can make a call or send a voice message, for which he only needs to press one button on the bracelet.

The tracker comes in a small box with a transparent fairing. which, in addition to the tracker itself, contains a charging wire with a magnetic clip, two Phillips screwdrivers for removing the SIM card cover.

Design and capabilities of Canyon GPS tracker for Seniors CNE-ST01BB

In appearance, the tracker resembles an ordinary “smart” watch or fitness bracelet. The plastic case with an ergonomic streamline shape is attached to the wrist with a soft silicone strap with a metal buckle. Instead of a display, there are only two large buttons on the front side: a red SOS button and a green one with a microphone.

In addition to turning it on and off, it allows you to make a regular phone call to a number fixed in the device’s memory. When you press a button with a microphone, the user can send a voice message to the interlocutor. There is a barely noticeable LED indicator of the clock status in the center between the two buttons, which glows either red or green, depending on the mode.

There is a loudspeaker speaker behind a narrow slot in the upper part of the case, and in the lower leg, there is a microphone hole. The device’s reverse side is no different from fitness trackers: there is the same round heart rate sensor and a contact strip for charging the device. Closer to the edge, you can see a tiny hole, the purpose of which the manufacturer does not indicate, but we can assume that it is here to reset the settings to the factory state. The cover is fixed with four screws, which indicates the device’s maintainability and, for example, for replacing the battery.

By the way, the SIM-card is used here in the microform factor and is inserted through a particular slot on the left side of the tracker. It is hidden under a thin, sealed cover that is fastened with two screws. It is noteworthy that they are not screwed into plastic, as in cheap devices, but into special brass inserts, ensuring good durability of this unit.

The watch looks impressive and feels weighty in the palm of your hand, but it is comfortable to wear – the well-fitted ergonomic shape makes it almost invisible on the hand. It should be emphasized that the watch case is made with protection against moisture and dust penetration according to the IP67 standard. Means that you can swim with this device (immersion no more than 1 m), take a shower, do household chores without fear of soaking that breaking them.

How to set up and use the device

This GPS tracker requires the mobile Internet to work, and the operator must support 2G networks. That means SIM cards of such virtual operators as Tele2, Danycom, Tinkoff mobile, Sberbank mobile, etc., which have attractive tariffs for cellular communication and the Internet, will not be supported in this watch.

Before setting up the tracker on your primary smartphone, you will need to install the Canyon Life mobile application and register in this service, indicating your mobile phone and e-mail. The next step is to install the SIM card in the GPS tracker and turn it on. Then, in the application, you need to initialize the device, for which you need to enter a digital code or scan the QR code from the shortcut attached to the watch.

After that, the device is ready for use, but you can enter additional application parameters. First of all, these are phones for making SOS calls (up to 10 numbers can be added to the address book), as well as the frequency of receiving location data.

Impressions of the GPS tracker

Working with the device can be divided into two parts: directly from the tracker and through the application on a smartphone. In the first case, everything is quite simple, and for older people, all functions will be clear, although some nuances are worth noting. For example, you can turn on the device by long pressing the red button on the tracker, but you cannot turn it off with the same button – only from the smartphone remotely or after removing it from the SIM card slot.

It is convenient that the user of this watch has the opportunity to find out the current time. To do this, you just need to press the red button once, after which a squeaky female voice will prompt the current hour and minutes. Long holding it starts the SOS dialing mode. The call is canceled with the same button. To activate the heart rate measurement function, press the SOS key three times.

To receive a phone call, the user only needs to press the green button with the microphone icon once. The watch (tracker) allows you to receive and send voice messages. To listen to the incoming message, you need to press the green button once. To record and send a message, you need to press it, hold down, dictate the phrase, and release it. And if you press the green button three times, a notification will be sent to the SOS number.

These are, in general, all the available functions on the part of the tracker user. The situation is somewhat more complicated with the application, which, as you already understood, is located on the smartphone of an elderly (or simply disabled) person who monitors the condition.

After registering in the bracelet application, the device’s name appears in the “Device” section, and to work with it; you need to click on this line. After that, a window will open with information about the tracker, its battery charge level, and a menu of available functions. Among them, we highlight “Heart rate measurement” performed remotely, “Measurement history,” which shows a dot plot of heart rate values ​​on a timeline, and “Show device on map.” The latter function will show the tracked person’s location, and to improve accuracy, you can enable the Forced Positioning mode by taking readings every 15 seconds. Here you can designate a zone on the map that the object should not cross, and in the event of this event, an alert will be sent to the application.

The menu also includes such a function as “Silent Call,” which is familiar to many users of children’s “smart” watches and is designed for discreet listening to the tracker user. It is also proposed to use the “Callback from a GSM device” option for communication. So you can contact the subscriber without disturbing him with an incoming call melody.

We are speaking of communication. Despite the support of only the 2G range, which is usually well caught in dense urban areas, in our case, the connection with the nearest tower was sometimes lost. Also, data transmission via the GPRS channel is at low speeds, so you should not wait for instantaneous heart rate data, as well as a voice message.

Using the application, you can remotely restart or turn off the tracker. It is also possible to set a schedule to measure the heart rate during the day and regularly receive this data.

The device uses a very capacious battery – 400 mAh, which lasted about two days in the test mode of active measurements and calls. The tracker is charged using a magnetic clip from a power adapter of any smartphone or a USB port of a computer. It takes about 2 hours to charge.

Conclusion: Should you buy GPS Canyon?

The tracking and fast communication device Canyon GPS tracker makes a pleasant impression in appearance, ergonomics, and reliable operation. With its help, you can find out where the older person is, remotely monitor the pulse, listen to the situation nearby, send or receive a voice message, and quickly contact the subscriber. But the limitations of 2G communication can cause certain inconveniences due to additional expenses for expensive communication of GSM operators – you will have to put up with this. From the point of view of usability, we note the high quality of sound during calls and conversations and a rather capacious battery, the charge of which is enough with active use for about three days.

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