FRISCO, Texas, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Sacramento Police Department (Calif.) is proud to announce today the availability of the EmFinder's EmSeeQ® wearable locator system that uses cellular technology to quickly locate individuals who are prone to wandering due to cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's, dementia or autism. By implementing the system, Sacramento joins a growing list of progressive public safety organizations across the state of California that have upgraded their search and rescue technology to locate wandering and lost persons.
A limited quantity of EmSeeQ bracelets is now available to those with a diagnosed cognitive disorder and financial need. Individual families who receive the devices are responsible for registering with the EmFinders system and paying a $25 fee per month for location services. EmSeeQ devices are also available for purchase as a tool to help in the search and rescue of vulnerable citizens who are prone to becoming lost and may be unable to identify themselves or ask for help.
EmFinders works directly with emergency 911 dispatchers to greatly reduce the search timeframe for a rescue operation. The special needs individual wears the bracelet 24/7 or as needed, based on the unique situation. If the individual is missing or has wandered off, the caregiver calls 911 to report the elopement and then contacts EmFinders to activate the EmSeeQ device. The personal bracelet device places a call to 911 and provides its location to dispatchers who can then direct responders to the specific location, as they do every day for thousands of wireless 911 calls.
The EmSeeQ bracelet can accurately locate the device wearer to within meters, typically within 30 minutes, to virtually eliminate time-consuming search and rescue operations that can jeopardize the lost individual's safety and cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. The system provides an added layer of security and peace of mind for caregivers who often live in constant worry that their loved one will become lost or wander off, putting themselves in grave danger of serious injury or even death from exposure to the elements or obstacles they may encounter along the way.
EmSeeQ can track the whereabouts of a missing person beyond the Sacramento area, anywhere in the U.S. where cellular service coverage exists. The wearable watch-like EmSeeQ system uses the nationwide U-TDOA cellular technology, which locates more than 60 million 911 calls a year, to accurately determine the location of the device wearer, enabling rescuers to quickly find him or her. And, unlike GPS systems, EmSeeQ works inside buildings and in other areas where the satellite signals required for GPS may be obstructed.
"The Police Department strives to anticipate trends and implement leading-edge technologies that allow us to be proactive, rather than reactive, especially now as budgets are lean and resources are precious," said Sacramento Chief of Police Rick Braziel. "The EmFinders system allows us to quickly locate missing persons, while greatly minimizing police resources."
"Not only will this system save the city and the state a tremendous amount of money when it comes to locating and rescuing wandering victims but it can also save lives," said EmFinders Sales Director Bill Gorham. "This added layer of security can also mean less worry and more freedom for individuals with Alzheimer's, dementia and autism who live at home, and even allow senior care facilities to provide added peace of mind to residents and their families."
For more information about EmFinders' EmSeeQ emergency locator system, please 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 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.