In the last decade, the Global Positioning System (GPS) has expanded beyond traditional uses of location tracking. As private companies take GPS into industries such as the automotive sector with automotive GPS trackers, there are also other areas GPS technology can greatly benefit.
One such other potential is in the form of people tracking, in particular for people suffering from dementia.
Currently, World Health Organization statistics pinpoint the number of people suffering from the syndrome at 50 million, most commonly presented as Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms of dementia include the deterioration of one’s memory, thinking skills, behaviour and ability to perform regular everyday activities. And as patients’ normative functions break down, loved ones also find it increasingly difficult to take care of those affected.
In Malaysia, for instance, 6 in 10 patients are reported to wander off. And while virtually all of them are found, other countries like Japan don’t face such fortunate circumstances. The latest data shows that a record 15,863 people went missing in 2017, with 227 still not found by year’s end.
With 10 million new cases every year worldwide, people tracking in the form of human GPS trackers such as FindMe’s portable Tracklite GPS tracker, can help prevent such tragedies. Furthermore, human GPS trackers allow family members to keep an eye on loved ones affected by dementia, creating greater peace of mind.
FindMe’s Tracklite GPS tracker works with a customisable online tracking platform and allows users to set unique features based on the concerned patient’s situation. Family members can utilise geo-fencing capabilities, so that they can be alerted if the patient enters an area outside of pre-set boundaries. Help can be sent if necessary, minimising the risk of harm those affected by dementia could potentially inflict on themselves.
Additionally, human GPS trackers come with an SOS feature, so that wearers can easily call for help at the touch of a button and family members can then immediately call emergency services if necessary. The advantage of human GPS trackers is that its application is versatile.
For one, they can also be extended to the corporate sector, where businesses deploy employees to remote or high risk environments. With integrated GPS technology, human GPS trackers don’t need to rely on cellular coverage, so distance is certainly not an issue.
We invite you to explore FindMe’s GPS tracking capabilities on our products page and benefit from its uses, whether you need to monitor a loved one affected by dementia or track the location of work personnel in the field.