New GPS bracelet tracks children with autism who wander off
Wednesday 04 May 2011
Last week tech company Adiant Solutions released a new GPS safety and tracking bracelet that offers real-time tracking for people with autism, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other cognitive disorder who tend to wander off or run away.
The new bracelet, dubbed S-911, "offers true real-time tracking with accuracy up-to-the-second and within several feet 24/7/365," according to an April 26 release. Caregivers or parents receive a text, email, and call within seconds after the wearer leaves a designated area. The wearers are also called, and if they don't answer, two-way communication automatically picks up. The device also features a fall detector, a speed sensor, and a panic button.
"This product is something families should strongly consider if they are a caregiver of a child with autism or a person with another cognitive disorder that has a tendency to wander or run," said Candace McDonald, executive director of Jenny McCarthy's autism foundation Generation Rescue in a release. "In our community wandering is a tremendous issue."
Digital health news website Mobihealthnews cited that in March at the CTIA Wireless 2011 event in Orlando, Florida, the American Alzheimer's Association announced a revised version of a smartphone app and service plan called Comfort Zone Check-In that tracks Alzheimer's patients who wander off. Mobihealthnews also notes other competitors on the market: LifeComm's smartphone personal emergency response app, GreatCall's mPERS service, and WellCORE's fall detection device.
Learn more about the S-911 bracelet: http://www.adiant-solutions.com
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