The Canadian start-up aims to minimize wandering and help keep loved ones safe
TORONTO, ONTARIO, NOVEMBER 01, 2018 To keep a parent suffering from dementia or a child living with autism safe, it’s important to know their whereabouts. LocateMotion has developed a wearable solution that meets the requirements of people living with mental disabilities as well as helps caregivers keep a track of their loved one’s movements to minimize the risk of wandering.
Backed by the Canadian government, research grants, a leading technology University, and currently in pilot & testing phase with Canada’s largest home healthcare hospital; the tracker and watch, wo separately, have been designed to help keep families safe and together.
“When I lost my son at a busy supermarket, I realized that there was no way for me to find out where he was. I found him later that day but I couldn’t shake off the feeling of helplessness. This is one of the reasons I felt that there was a need for wearable technology that can help people stay connected with the ones they care about,’ said Nauman Jaffar, founder of LocateMotion.
LocateWatch is a durable, splash-resistant wearable that enables the wearer to keep a track of time, set activity alarms, measure steps, and use an SOS button to call a predetermined number if they find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. It also features a GPS tracker and camera which helps the caregiver keep a track of their loved ones. Geo-fencing, two-way calling, up to three days standby battery life and a dedicated mobile application ensure that the wearer does not wander off. A 24/7 monitoring service similar to home monitoring is also available.
LocateTracker is GPS tracker which can be attached to almost anything. In addition to features like geo-fencing, alerts, and extended battery life (80 hours standby); LocateTracker also facilitates two-way communication. In case a loved one is confused or lost, the caregiver can calm him down and help guide him to safety.
The users of this wearable technology have reported faster response time in cases of emergency. “My 85-year-old father has LocateMotion. He sent me an SOS call when he fell and dispatchers were able to send paramedics to his home when he was unresponsive. Another time, he had fallen and wanted help from a specific caregiver who they were able to contact. Even when we are not close by, knowing where our father is gives us peace of mind,” said Aaron Walker (A US Caregiver).
These wearable devices have been designed keeping scalability, functionality, and affordability in mind. Along with the App, LocateMotion also has a web portal that can be used by large community-based organizations where hierarchy can be set. Canada’s largest hospital and telecom provider are already in process of piloting various use cases. Through the portal, organizations can now get a quick screenshot and manage their devices from an all in one platform.