Sacto 9-1-1
April 27, 2011
Locator device can help protect people with dementia, autism

The Sacramento Police Department has announced an option for families seeking to protect loved ones who are in danger of becoming lost due to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's, dementia or autism.

The department has partnered with EmFinders, which provides a service using the EmSeeQ wearable locator system to quickly locate individuals who are prone to wandering due to cognitive disorders. EmSeeQ can track the location of a missing person anywhere in the United States where cellular service coverage exists, according to a police department news release.

The wearable watch-like device uses the nationwide U-TDOA cellular technology to determine the location of the person wearing the device, enabling rescuers to quickly find the individual.

The special needs person wears the device around the clock or as needed, based on the situation. If the individual is missing or has wandered off, the caregiver can call 911 to report the person missing and then contact EmFinders to activate the device. The personal bracelet device places a call to 911 and provides its location to dispatchers, who can direct responders to the person's location.

EmFinders has provided the Sacramento Police Department with a quantity of EmSeeQ bracelets for free. Families selected by the department to receive the devices are responsible for registering with the EmFinders system and paying the $25 per month fee for location services. The devices also are available for purchase as a tool to help in the search and rescue of people who are prone to becoming lost and who may be unable to identify themselves or ask for help.

For more information about EmFinders' EmSeeQ emergency locator system, see the website at www.emfinders.com, or call the Sacramento Police Department's Missing Persons Unit at (916) 808-0560.

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