Aging-in-place technology provider, Adiant Solutions, has released a new GPS safety and tracking bracelet aimed at families of children with autism as well as people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. The new bracelet, called S-911 offers real-time tracking for any person with a cognitive disorder that leads to the tendency to wander or run off.
The S-911 bracelet provides up-to-the-second (within several feet) real-time GPS tracking as well as customer controlled geo-fencing -- where caregivers receive a text, email and call within seconds after the wearer leaves a certain designated area -- and two-way communication where the device automatically picks up after three rings to get in touch with the wandering loved one even when they might not know to answer. The device adds other features like a "G-force" fall detector, a speed sensor and a panic button all in the form of a wristwatch-style bracelet.
According to the autism foundation founded by Jenny McCarthy, Generation Rescue, wandering off is a 'tremendous issue' for the autism caregiver community. Adiant's release noted that in 2010 nine children with autism died of drowning after wandering away from their caregivers.
Adiant founder and CEO Jim Jeselun explained in the release that the S-911 "helps families and caregivers not only help the ones they love and care for, but the device enables them to lead happier and more productive lives because they always know that their loved one or responsibility is safe – and if they do wander they will be immediately notified and retrieve them without incident – and typically before they make it half way down the block!"
In March at the CTIA Wireless 2011 event in Orlando, the Alzheimer’s Association announced the newest version of its service called Comfort Zone Check-In which helps people with Alzheimer’s to stay safe and independent while giving caregivers the tools they need to remotely monitor those in their care. Omnilink Systems powers the offering. Much like the S-911, the upgrades included the ability for caregivers to locate people with Alzheimer’s as long as they have a Sprint phone that has an active service plan.
Other potential competitors include LifeComm's cellular-enabled personal emergency response offering, GreatCall's mPERS service available through some of its Jitterbug phones, and WellCORE's fall detection and activity monitor device.
For more, read the release.