FRISCO, Texas and SPOKANE, Wash., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A 9-year-old boy is now home safe and sound with his family in Spokane, Wash. after becoming lost on the way home from school thanks to the quick thinking of his mother, the police and a life-saving wearable locator device called EmSeeQ® by EmFinders that can quickly locate missing children and adults with cognitive conditions.
Stephanie Lund purchased the EmSeeQ bracelet in October for her son, Jakob, who has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that often causes children to wander off or become lost. Lund says Jakob has a history of wandering off for hours at a time, and the bracelet offered a way to help find him quickly and bring him home safely.
When Jakob failed to return home from Whitman Elementary School on Friday, Lund called 9-1-1 and then EmFinders to activate the EmSeeQ bracelet. The device placed a call to 9-1-1 and triggered the E-9-1-1 national emergency location system to transmit information on Jakob's location using advanced cellular signal triangulation technology. His location was immediately displayed on the 9-1-1 dispatcher's screen and guided police to find Jakob 15 blocks away from the school, at the precise location provided by the EmSeeQ. Lund said police located her son in just 10 minutes
"I think it's really important for any parent who has a child with disabilities or even just a regular child because this device is just incredible," Lund said of the EmSeeQ system. "I think it will end a lot of Amber Alerts."
Because EmSeeQ works so quickly, the device not only saves precious time—which could mean the difference between life or death for patients with autism or Alzheimer's disease—but also reduces the manpower and costs associated with the search and rescue effort.
The EmSeeQ product is available in two different styles: a watchband-type device with a traditional buckle, and a clasp-style that requires two hands for removal. The device is activated by EmFinders at the request of the caregiver, but only after the caregiver has completed an initial search for the individual in the immediate area and placed a call to 9-1-1 to report the individual as missing. After receiving the activation command from EmFinders, the EmSeeQ calls 9-1-1 and the wearer's location is provided directly to the dispatcher.
For more information about the EmSeeQ device, visit www.emfinders.com.
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 TruePosition and 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.
TruePosition (www.trueposition.com) is the global leader in location determination and intelligence solutions that help protect citizens, combat crime, and save lives. TruePosition U-TDOA is a location technology that can accurately and reliably locate any mobile phone in any environment, where other location technologies such as A-GPS cannot. This makes TruePosition U-TDOA uniquely suited to meet the mission-critical location-based safety and security requirements of enterprises and government agencies. These solutions include future-proof technologies, innovative applications, and comprehensive networking and systems services. TruePosition has more patents, technical expertise, and operational experience in wireless location than any other company in the world. Every day more than 100 million people depend on location services supported by TruePosition technology. TruePosition is owned by Liberty Media Corporation.