GPS shoe for seniors to launch in US this year

By: Chris Gullo | Oct 24, 2011        

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gps_shoe_by_gtx_corpPersonal location services device manufacturer GTX announced that its GPS-enabled shoes, developed for tracking seniors with Alzheimers, will be released later this month in the US. Aetrex Worldwide will sell the shoes, which will retail for $299.

The GPS-enabled shoe received FCC clearance in September. The tracking service will be powered by GTX’s partners Omnilink and the MedicAlert Foundation. Omnilink will offer customer service and the online store that supports sales. MedicAlert will facilitate the 24/7 location-based emergency service that powers the shoes. Caretakers using the system can download an app and be alerted when a senior leaves a designated ‘geo-fenced’ area.Omnilink also powers the Alzheimer Assocation’s Comfort Zone check-in service, which uses Sprint mobile phones to track patients.

Other companies that offer tracking services for people who wander include Lojack and Adiant Solutions. AT&T and its partners have also been developing shoes that aim to prevent falls, the wearables are called “smart slippers.”

“As the GPS Shoe transitions from vision to reality and we approach the launch we are excited and honored to align ourselves with these exceptional companies,” stated Patrick Bertagna, GTX Corp Chairman and CEO in a press release.

“Omnilink has had the privilege of building unique solutions for helping ensure the safety and security of individual’s with Alzheimer’s,” stated Kelly Gay, Omnilink’s President and CEO, in a press release. “We are very excited to now have the GPS shoe available as one of the first human-wearable, location-monitoring device options for this market.”

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Read the press release below.PRESS RELEASE –GTX Corp, a leader in customizable, 2-way GPS Personal Location Services (PLS) solutions, today announced entering into a Fulfillment and Customer Service Agreement with Aetrex Worldwide, Inc. and Omnilink Systems, who built and maintains a market leading tracking solution for individuals with Alzheimer’s. Under the Agreement, Omnilink will provide an e-commerce and customer service platform for the Aetrex GPS Shoe scheduled to go on sale this month in the US, enhancing the sales, marketing and customer support for the GPS Shoe and user community. MedicAlert Foundation, known for their live 24/7 emergency medical information and identification services, has joined the alliance and will provide 24/7 location based emergency services for Aetrex GPS Shoe customers.

The Partner Alliance was created to provide a world class, senior-friendly, 24/7 customer support platform for consumers and caregivers to assist in selecting monthly plans, GPS Shoe features, best use tips and general overall customer service. The Agreement will allow GTX Corp and Aetrex to concentrate on their core competencies while the Partner Alliance handles support, e- commerce and customer care for this new potential life saving technology.

“As the GPS Shoe transitions from vision to reality and we approach the launch we are excited and honored to align ourselves with these exceptional companies,” stated Patrick Bertagna, GTX Corp Chairman and CEO.

“Omnilink has had the privilege of building unique solutions for helping ensure the safety and security of individual’s with Alzheimer’s,” says Kelly Gay, Omnilink’s President and CEO. “We are very excited to now have the GPS shoe available as one of the first human-wearable, location-monitoring device options for this market.”

The New York Times recently quoted “I’m intrigued by the GPS Shoe” and included in the article its benefits and mentioned how the Alzheimer Association and MedicAlert have published some suggestions on how to address wandering or elopement.

“For over 55 years, the MedicAlert Foundation has been providing vital health information on behalf of millions of people in all types of emergencies. Through this Alliance, our objective is to provide another service option that helps families and other caregivers to ensure the safety of individuals living with Alzheimer’s, and that first responders have the necessary information in an emergency to effectively address their needs,” stated Andrew Wigglesworth, President and CEO of MedicAlert Foundation.

Today, GTX Corp CEO and COO are scheduled to speak at the annual Emeritus senior living conference in Scottsdale Arizona to address the overall benefits of 2 way GPS technology for the caregivers of seniors. And in an ongoing international expansion effort to bring the GPS Shoe technology to the global community, the Company is working on the next generation device, scheduled for release next year, which will have overall enhancements to size, cost and power consumption and localized to provide the cellular data through its global alliance of wireless partners.

About GTX Corp (GTXO.OB) – GTX Corp, a leader in enterprise 2-way GPS (Global Positioning System) real-time personal location services (PLS), was founded in 2002 and is based in Los Angeles, California with distributors in Mexico, Australia and Nepal and customers in 126 countries. GTX Corp utilizes the latest in miniaturized, low power consumption technology and offers a robust enterprise GPS and cellular location platform to track in real time the whereabouts of people, pets, and high valued assets. Answering the “where is” question through a licensing business model and providing a complete end-to-end solution of hardware, middleware, apps, connectivity and professional services, letting you know where someone or something is at the touch of a button. GTX Corp also owns and operates LOCiMOBILE, Inc which develops GPS applications for smartphones and tablets, Code Amber News Service, and Code Amber Alertag. The Company has an aggressive intellectual property strategy and owns an extensive portfolio of patents, patents pending, registered trademarks, copy rights and URL’s.

About Omnilink Systems – Omnilink Systems is a leading provider of end-to-end LBS (location-based services) for any tracking solution. Pairing its award-winning FocalPointTM software with hardware, services and networks, Omnilink offers the most accurate, reliable and cost-effective platform for powering location-aware mobile devices and applications. Working with tier-one carriers, Fortune 100 companies, leading nonprofits and hundreds of government agencies through its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model, Omnilink helps ensure the safety, security and productivity of people and valuable assets. For more information, please visit www.omnilink.com.

About MedicAlert Foundation International – Established in 1956, MedicAlert Foundation International pioneered the use of medical IDs and systems to relay vital medical information to emergency responders on behalf of its members so they receive faster and safer treatment. Today, MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to an emergency medical information record and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications, and/or implanted medical devices. In addition to its live 24/7 emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. MedicAlert services are available around the world through a network of international nonprofit affiliated organizations licensed by the Foundation. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

  • Karl24

    This is just awesome. I remember back 10-15 years, GPS tracking was
    just getting off its feet. I recently purchased a device from
    http://www.gpsnorthamerica.com and installed it on my Boxer dog. He’s
    run off on my a few times and now I have no trouble finding him.
    Definitely recommend every pet owner to get a gps tracking leash for
    their pet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZS6DYWPHWNNNM7WHFUC5HPL3U Alaina

    I think this idea is really smart.  I’m all for using technology to keep our loved ones safe.  I’m thankful that I found a homecare agency that uses ClearCare caregiver software – it’s been such a lifesaver for our family.  We were really nervous about leaving our mom in a stranger’s care, but with ClearCare we can stay completely involved.  We get real-time updates on what goes on during the day, and immediate text messages if something isn’t done as scheduled.  It’s technology like this that really makes a difference in the quality of homecare.

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    That’s a really cool idea. I want my grandpa to have these shoes. It will surely help a lot of people having this stuff.

  • Danieltech

    Probably this new concept of devices needs some time to be proven an demonstrate their reliability. GPS and mobile transmitter near the ground may have some signal issues, and the sweat may damage the circuitry.