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September 17, 2015 9:49 am

Israeli Teen Develops GPS-Enabled ID Tag to Prevent Kidnappings

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Amit Saban, the Israeli teen who invented a tracking device to prevent kidnappings. Photo: Facebook.

Amit Saban, the Israeli teen who invented a tracking device to prevent kidnappings. Photo: Facebook.

JNS.org – An Israeli teenager from Ramat Hasharon recently launched a start-up that makes “smart” ID tags with built-in GPS technology that can help soldiers and civilians in distress, and even prevent abductions.

“The tag I invented contains a chip with GPS, so if a soldier is in trouble he presses [the tag] and his information and location are sent via a computer program to the IDF and his parents,” Amit Saban, 16, tells Israel Hayom.

“I currently have a prototype of the smart ID tag that I can show to the public,” says Saban, who found an investor he hopes will commit $129,000 to the ID tag project.

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Saban’s goal “was to save Israeli lives, because that’s ‘an entire universe.’ I saw the three yeshiva students [abducted and murdered by Hamas in the summer of 2014, Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach], and my heart ached. After that I felt that I had to take action and think of an initiative that would save lives, both civilians and soldiers.”

The ID tag earned Saban first place in a youth start-up competition sponsored by Google. He has reached out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon with news of his invention.

“They told me they were very excited by my idea and would give me an answer soon,” Saban says.

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  • Reuven Sarett

    Years ago, I saw a missing childs face on a milk container, and I was troubled by not only the thousands of missing children but the archaic methods of finding them, usually too late. It occured to me that there had to be a better way- and this was way before GPS tracking. I know there are some companies already building tracking devices into kids watches, shoes, etc… Its just that no one knows about them. Someone could make billions in this industry with the right product and marketing….

  • Chris

    @Andre Horochiwsky: “continuously sends location data” ==invasion of privacy.

  • Nick Stroud

    What’s to prevent the kidnapper from removing the dogtag and tossing it away?

  • Andre Horochiwsky

    1) “………and his information and location are sent via a computer program”

    I imagine it is sent via Cellular, and/or Satcom……..”Sent via computer program” doesn’t make any sense to me.

    2) “………… his information and location are sent”

    I hope it continuously sends location data. where you were when you got kidnapped is of little value, where are now……is what needs to be known.

    I am hoping these are just details that were missed by the author, but not the designer.

    • Diana Ezra

      It should be sewn into their uniforms