FRISCO, Texas, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EmFinders®, maker of the EmSeeQ® wearable locator device for individuals prone to wandering due to medical impairments, today announced AT&T will wirelessly connect its EmSeeQ bracelets over the AT&T network to 911 operators across the country to locate wandering or missing individuals.
The watch-like EmSeeQ device is specifically designed to quickly locate individuals with Alzheimer's disease, Down syndrome, dementia or autism in the event they wander off or become lost. Upon notice by a caregiver, EmFinders activates the device which then places a secure call and communicates its location over the AT&T network to the nearest 911 operator, just like a standard wireless phone. The EmFinders system uses U-TDOA triangulation to accurately determine the wearer's location, even inside buildings or in environments that would typically interfere with standard GPS locators.
The technology greatly reduces the search and rescue timeframe in wandering situations. EmFinders can typically locate the device wearer in less than 30 minutes—a rapid recovery that can save precious time and public resources and help prevent a tragic injury or death.
"For many, the EmSeeQ is a second line of defense that can help return loved ones home quickly and safely," said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, resale and partnerships, AT&T. "This is an important innovation that can dramatically improve the way some people live. By connecting through the AT&T wireless network, we're using a tested location technology to help those who can't call for help themselves."
The EmFinders system has already been used to recover and return numerous individuals safely and quickly to the care of their loved ones in California, New York, Virginia and other locations across the country. The system is effective not only in the wearer's immediate home territory, but anywhere within the expansive reach of the AT&T network, allowing individuals to retain their independence and travel without worry.
"Despite a caregiver's best efforts, it only takes a minute to lose track of someone. The feeling of helplessness when you are desperately trying to locate that person can be a very painful and stressful experience," said Jim Nalley, Co-Founder of EmFinders. "We designed EmSeeQ to give caregivers and their loved ones peace of mind and ensure that those who become lost have a safe and timely way home."
For more information about the EmSeeQ wearable locator device, visit www.emfinders.com.
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EmFinders, based in Frisco, TX, is a new technology company that has developed a device and subscription service for locating people with Alzheimer's or other impaired adults and children who wander and become lost. The wearable device and locator service uses advanced cellular technology to locate lost individuals, even if they wander inside a building, under a structure or just about anywhere. The device becomes activated on remote command and the locator service works in coordination with emergency responders. EmFinders is a privately held subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital group (NASDAQ: LCAPA), which owns a broad range of electronic retailing, media, communications and entertainment businesses. For more information, visit www.emfinders.com.
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