Long Beach Police Department Chooses EmFinders' Cellular-Based Locator System to Aid in Search and Rescue Operations

EmSeeQ® Product Integrates Seamlessly with Current 9-1-1 Services and Requires No Expenditure of Training for Department Staff

Oct 29, 2010, 09:36 ET from EmFinders

FRISCO, Texas, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- EmFinders, maker of the life-saving EmSeeQ® wearable locator device for impaired adults and children, announced today that the Long Beach (Calif.) Police Department (LBPD) has chosen the company's EmSeeQ cellular locator device to aid in its search and rescue efforts for area residents prone to wandering due to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, autism and dementia.

The wearable watch-like EmSeeQ device uses cellular triangulation technology to quickly and accurately locate the wearer, helping to eliminate time-consuming search and rescue operations and return missing individuals home to their loved ones safely and quickly. The comfortable device provides added peace of mind for home caregivers and care facilities. In addition to a regular buckle-style band, a secure clasp-style version requires two hands for removal, providing additional security.

EmFinders works directly with public safety access point (PSAP) dispatchers to greatly reduce the search timeframe for a rescue operation. Activation of the EmSeeQ begins after a caregiver performs a brief search for the individual and confirms that they are missing. The caregiver calls 911 to report the elopement and then contacts EmFinders to activate the EmSeeQ device. The device works by connecting to the national E 9-1-1 system, which provides the location of the wearer directly to local dispatchers.

For LBPD staff, no special training is required to reap the benefits of the EmFinder system, and there are absolutely no departmental costs for implementation or usage of the system. The E 9-1-1 national emergency location system is already in place and the costs of the EmSeeQ are the responsibility of facilities and caregivers throughout the community.

"This device will enable us to quickly locate a missing individual and also share that information instantly with officers on the ground," said LBPD Chief Jim McDonnell. "With EmSeeQ, we can work more quickly to save more lives than our typical search and rescue procedures that often involve some amount of guesswork, large departmental and volunteer search teams and significant cost to the taxpayer."

Beginning November 1, a limited number of free EmSeeQ devices will be provided by the LBPD to those in need through the generous support of a group of private donors led by Long Beach resident Coralyn Wahlberg. The monthly cost for the 24-hour monitoring service is approximately $25, and anyone can purchase an EmSeeQ device for use in the home or for a loved one staying at a nursing home or skilled care facility.

"Our EmSeeQ product is the perfect aid to police department search and rescue teams," said Jim Nalley, CEO and founder of EmFinders. "We are very pleased to see large departments such as Long Beach recognize the benefits of our product, not just as a function of time and budget savings, but also in helping them to better protect and serve their communities and save lives."

For more information about the EmSeeQ device, visit www.emfinders.com.

About EmFinders

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.

SOURCE EmFinders