SkyShepherd® Makes Location-Aware Devices Including Smart Watches More Secure

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GPSip Inc’s autonomous geo-fencing technology, “SkyShepherd,” allows secure complex "containment areas" with progressive alert zones to run on a wide variety of custom location-aware devices.

GPSip Inc., a developer, intellectual property holder, and licensor of Autonomous GeoGraphical Containment Technology™, addresses the public’s security concerns associated with location-aware wearable devices.

Security and privacy have become serious and significant concerns for consumers of location-aware devices and technology companies that manufacture these products. In the past few months there has been news of a ban on children’s smart watches in Germany due to privacy concerns, as well as concerns regarding sensitive military troop locations having gone public due to fitness wearables.

SkyShepherd’s patented technology allows for the location and status computing to occur on the device. So, there is no need to transmit the actual Latitude and Longitude information of an individual wearing the device.

SkyShepherd allows containment areas (geo-fences) in complex shapes to be created with progressive alert zones to be monitored and contained. The containment zone, alert zones, and other zone values are stored at the “edge” directly on the devices using very little memory and processor time. As the location-aware device receives location information, it autonomously checks the onboard map to determine its status, and acts, if needed.

“Security and privacy are growing concerns and every location-aware device needs a solution,” noted Rodney Landers, co-inventor and CTO. “The IoT market is experiencing an explosion of location-aware devices, and we believe the SkyShepherd technology addresses the security and privacy issues.” Mr. Landers added, “Since the status processing happens locally, the device only needs to communicate when there is a problem, or to give infrequent updates when things are good. When it communicates it does not need to transmit actual Lat & Lon information. Not having to transmit location information greatly increases security.”

“SkyShepherd is a unique and very secure way to monitor location-aware devices and restore public trust,” said Kevin Nieuwsma, co-inventor and CEO of GPSip, Inc. "We look forward to partnering with industry leaders to accelerate the adoption of our proprietary Autonomous GeoGraphical Containment Technology.”

About GPSip, Inc.
GPSip is a developer, intellectual property holder, and licensor of Autonomous GeoGraphical Containment Technology™, advancing the capabilities of standard location-based systems. Applications include: Family Security, Personal Safety, Public Safety, Elder Care, Health & Medical, Animals, Asset Management, Unmanned Vehicles (“Drones”), and Equipment Containment. In addition to US patent 9,795,118, the company has 10 United States and International patent applications pending. For more information, call (651) 307-2781 or visit

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