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Safety of People

Safety of People

A GPS2Find tracker provides "peace of mind" about the current location of a vulnerable family member, possibly leading to their rescue if lost.  Trackers allow Seniors to extend the time that they can live independently, saving a family and the State a fortune in so doing.

 

Finding a suitable tracker:  It can be hard to come up with a suitably small and unobtrusive GPS tracker to attach to the clothes, or body, of someone who has the capacity to wander and get into unsafe situations. There is an unfortunate connection between a tracker's size and its battery capacity or operating life. The need for a minimum time before a tracker needs to re-charged is an important factor in choosing one. There is a trade-off between battery life and physical size. A long battery life requires a big battery. Newer models use power more efficiently. Sometimes Care Visitors or family members "calling in" have only a limited time available to charge and replace a tracker. The battery life depends on many factors such as how frequently it's set to report, how much of the time that it's in motion, how far indoors it goes, etc.  The smaller a tracker is, the more frequently it will need to be charged.

Level of co-operation:  Another important factor is the degree of co-operation that the person needing the tracker, the "Wearer", has which can vary from tolerant to highly defiant, determined largely by their underlying disorder. The family members need to recognise that there is no universally perfect tracker for all folks. For some, GPS watches or pendants may be acceptable. For others, the tracker needs to be hidden in their clothing, or attached to a keyring. Sometimes nothing is accepted. Autism presents a particular challenge. A Wearer's willingness to carry or wear a tracker is crucial. Sometimes this willingness declies over time, as frustration can lead to non-co-operation.

 

Ethical considerations:  It is common, but misguided, to think that Ethics have any place in the deployment of a GPS tracker to someone with a wandering or cognitive function problem, as nothing should come before such a person's safety. People getting lost is extremely dangerous, leading to many undesirable outcomes including death, such as sadly occurred to Peggy Mangan and her dog Casper in Sept 2013, when 150 volunteers failed to find her in time. A tracker would probably have saved them within an hour. 

 

Personal Safety & Security:  The Police, Gardaí, Gengarmerie, etc., waste thousands of hours searching for people because families haven't invested in a GPS tracker.

 

Data Protection:  Some trackers, but ours, involve collecting biometric identifier data, which identifies the person who is being tracked, and stores it in a database. Our trackers deliberately avoid biometrics. It is the tracker's unique identifiers that are being tracked. This is not a trivial distinction because the onerous requirements of EU Data Protection &  GDPR deal only with "personal data." There is no way to be certain, at any given time, that a tracker is with a particular person. It could be in a bin.

Panic button:  Some models have a Panic button, which allows the wearer to request help by pressing it for about 3seconds. Doing this with an Aibeile model initiates a speaker phone call to up to 3 numbers in turn, while showing their location. Knowing where someone is has no equivalent when it comes to peace of mind.

 

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Geo-fence operation:    All models are capable of operating a geo-fence/safety zone. These can alert up to 3 people/family members when the Wearer leaves or re-enters up to 3 user-defined locations. This can keep particular family members up to date with excursions to and from a home, so they can take action if the Wearer leaves but doesn't return.

Carer interface:   There is no limit to the number of Carers who can view the location of the tracker, or its history if they have been given the login details by whoever is administrating the tracker. Each needs to download the appropriate app onto their mobile phone, or if using a bigger screen device use the web-app such as: www.trackserver.ie or https://mobile.trackserver.co.uk. These are simple but powerful user interfaces that come included in our product and subscription prices, as is their ongoing evolution and improvement. Our HowTo section explains how these work. We are available to answer enquiries by phone, and online, most of the time.

Operating the tracker:   The tracker needs to be switched on and be at least partially charged. Different trackers have internal battery with different lives. When a battery's level drops below 20% a "low battery alert" message will be sent to the defined phone number.


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