Innovative IoT smart wristwatch safeguards people with special needs
More than 30 million people worldwide have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers and family member face a dizzying variety of challenges and worries every day. Perhaps, the greatest of these is the fear of losing track of a child or elderly parent. Unfortunately, about 90 percent of children with ASD and 60 percent of people with Alzheimer’s will slip away from a caregiver when something startles them or simply catches their attention – water, a park, train tracks. This poses serious danger to the person with special needs and it’s a constant concern for family members and caregivers. Thankfully, the Internet of Things (IoT) and innovative Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology offer a simple yet powerful solution.
iLOC and Gemalto reduce worry and enhance safety for people with special needs
A team of executives at iLOC, a GPS tracking technology provider, leveraged their personal experience of caring for family members with special needs to create a smart wristwatch that helps caregivers keep track of their loved ones. The TriLOC™ GPS Locator is powered by a tiny and powerful Gemalto Cinterion® wireless module, which enables simultaneous high-speed data and voice communications plus precise GPS location data. Used with a free smart phone app or the iLOC TrackNow desktop mapping software, the water resistant TRiLOC device transmits via wireless networks the wearer’s exact location to the designated caretaker’s cell phone or computer. It also enables hands-free, two-way voice calling plus a fall detection feature and remote listening capabilities. Electronic tethering provides immediate text messages and audio alarms when an individual strays too far.
The IoT brings personal emergency response technology to the next level
The award-winning TRiLOC GPS wristwatch is the next generation of IoT-enabled mobile Personal Emergency Response Solutions (mPERS). Blending technology, aesthetic design and simplicity, the ingenious device offers greater independence for people with special needs, enhanced peace of mind for caregivers, and a whole new level of constant connectivity and safety for everyone involved. By leveraging the potential of wireless and digital technologies, iLOC and Gemalto are helping families who are faced with one of life’s more challenging situations.