Responding to a rise in crimes against children, a Tokyo manufacturer is joining forces with a security firm to create school bags with a global positioning system, or GPS.
School bag features GPS device (Photo: Japan Times)
The high-tech bags, which began selling this week, are believed to be the first of their kind in the world, the Japan Times reported.
The bag maker, Kyowa Corp., said it is meeting the demand of parents who want to know the whereabouts of their children.
Using a system operated by the security firm Secom Co., parents can track their children on a website, which uses satellite and mobile phone waves to pinpoint the backpack.
Secom security guards also can be dispatched to the bag’s location, the Japan Times said.
The GPS-embedded backpacks sell for 33,000 yen, about $310, for artificial leather and 45,000, or $425, for real leather. In addition, there is a monthly fee of 525 yen, $5, for Secom’s services.
The manufacturer hopes to sell 10,000 by next spring.
As WorldNetDaily reported, Applied Digital Solutions, a technology development company, has created and successfully field-tested a prototype of a GPS implant for humans.