Device Tracks Infirm People
The Margate, FL, Police Department has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Family Center for Project Lifesaver, which gives people with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, or other disorders a battery-operated bracelet equipped with a transmitter to wear on their wrist or ankle.
Law enforcement officials in Margate are hoping the bracelets, which emit an automatic tracking signal every second, will make it easier for them to find and identify a person who was wandered away from a home or care center.
According to Project Lifesaver, the average amount of time it takes to recover someone wearing one of the bracelets is 30 minutes.
In addition to Margate, the Alzheimer’s Family Center works with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to offer Project Lifesaver in Tamarac, Lauderdale Lakes, and Pompano Beach.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (FL); 03/11/07; P. 2B; Lesson, Nicole T.