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Wandering Autistics Can Be Found

For many people, GPS tracking can give peace of mind. GPS can help you find a missing laptop, a stolen car, or a roaming pet. It can also trace the whereabouts of a kidnapped child or a lost Alzheimer’s patient. And now the word is getting out to parents of autistic children – if your child tends to wander, you can rest easier knowing a touch of a button will tell you where he is.

 

TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, is a non-profit organization that assists and educates families of autistic children. They seek to speed up the process between diagnosis and effective treatment. They also offer many programs to help improve the quality of life for those with autism and help families connect with others who can share the load of caregiving.

 

GTX Corp is a GPS company that partners with TACA to help find solutions for parents of autistic children. GTX Corp recently received a new patent for its two-way tracking technology, and the company plans to continue developing products that can be used in a variety of ways, including keeping autistic people safe. GTX Corp develops two-way tracking devices and applications that can help people stay connected with each other. A lot of GPS devices are one-way, meaning you can find out where that stolen car is, but the thief driving it wouldn’t be able to communicate with you or know where you are. In such cases, that’s a good thing, but in other situations, you may want the two-way communication you can get with GTX products.

 

The products from GTX and other GPS companies can even help out in situations that could potentially be life-threatening. One stress for many caregivers of autistic people is the danger of wandering. Nearly half of all people with autism are prone to wandering, a habit that often puts them in dangerous places and situations. GPS tracking offers an extra measure of safety for them. One product from GTX Corp that can be used to track a child is a shoe with a GPS tracking device in it. If the autistic child or adult wanders, the family member or other caregiver can quickly find their location using the GPS software. Satellites constantly monitor where that shoe is and transmit that information via computer. The wanderer is quickly found and brought back to safety, a rescue that may have been impossible without GPS.

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GPS Shoe Recognized In Exhibit

GPS tracking technology will join the telephone and the Internet in being recognized as one of the world’s most important inventions. Specifically, the GPS shoe designed by GTX Corp will be featured in an exhibit at Sweden’s National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm. The exhibit attempts to identify the 100 most important inventions of mankind and encompasses technological advances as well as medical developments such as vaccinations and antibiotics.

The GPS shoe is one of the greatest examples of GPS (originally a military tool) being adapted for civilian use. GTX Corp partnered with Aetrex Worldwide, a prominent footwear manufacturer, to bring GPS technology to the care-giving industry. Each pair of shoes contains a GPS tracker in the heel, which continually sends out a signal. On a website, that signal can be identified and pinpointed, allowing the wearer of the shoes to be quickly located.

This product has been valuable in enabling caregivers to keep track of people who are in danger of wandering away from safety. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia sufferers, as well as autistic young people, are particularly prone to leaving home without the knowledge of others. With the GTX Corp shoe, it is a simple matter to look up a wandering loved one’s signal, identify the exact location, and return him or her to safety.

The “100 Innovations” exhibit is the result of a public poll in Sweden to determine what ideas the general public considers the most important inventions of mankind. The items in the exhibit range from obvious, well-established products to cutting-edge innovations that are still not in widespread use. Even after the one-year exhibit ends, the tracker shoe will remain as part of the museum’s permanent collection.

The National Museum’s exhibit is just the latest in a long string of publicity opportunities for the shoe. It has appeared on many national television programs and has been widely praised for its easy answer to a serious need. With studies reporting that around half of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and autism wander away from supervision at least once, experts expect to see the GPS shoe used more and more to reduce safety risks.

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TRiLOC GPS Locator for Autism and Alzheimer’s Patients

Anyone who has loved ones afflicted with Autism or Alzheimer’s disease fears for their safety each and every day. Over 500,000 people in the U.S. and Canada alone are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and over 5.5 million seniors suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The figures are ever-increasing at a rate of 5-10 percent each year. Wandering is a very real possibility, and parents or caregivers search for an effective way to ensure this kind of stress is alleviated.

A study found that 90 percent of children with ASD wander at some point, while over 60 percent of seniors with Alzheimer’s will wander. GPS tracking devices are the perfect way to ensure your loved one can easily be located in the event they happen to wander away, possibly saving their lives. iLOC Technologies Inc. announced on World Autism Awareness Day the latest product they’ve developed, the TRiLOC GPS locator. It took two years of hard work and research which resulted in an aesthetic and simple design, extended battery life, and a combination of GPS, mobile, and Bluetooth technologies.

Exactly how much research went into this GPS tracking device, and how did iLOC decide what was important in a tracker for these tricky situations? Tony Fama, iLOC’s president and CEO explains: “The reasons for developing the TRiLOC GPS Locator resulted mainly from discussions with parents who also have a child with ASD. They often expressed how they couldn’t find a suitable GPS tracking product and described the stress felt every day that their child may become lost, run off, or wander, possibly getting injured or worse. Some spend hundreds of dollars in gas every month looking for their child. The features, functions and technologies implemented into TRiLOC were carefully chosen based  on the direct feedback and recommendations from parents and care givers who live with these stresses on a daily basis.”

Simply place the wristband containing the GPS tracking device on your autistic child or loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, and let TRiLOC take care of the rest. It works both indoors and out, and includes remote health monitoring thanks to the built-in Bluetooth 4.0 technology. This technology also communicates with smart home and electronic security devices, ensuring your loved one can get back in once they’ve meandered out. If an emergency arises, there is no need to worry. The GPS tracking device bracelet allows for bi-directional voice communication giving the caregiver the option to call the person wearing the tracker to decide the severity of the situation immediately.

“We’ve managed to combine a high level of wireless data and voice technology into a small package while meeting regulatory and wireless industry standards,” according to Yves Messier, iLOC CTO.

GPS tracking technology remains the most effective way to ensure the safety of your loved one affected by Autism or Azheimer’s. iLOC’s goal is to promote peace of mind for you as a caregiver, especially as the management team are all in some way impacted by these issues, either directly or indirectly, in their own lives.

Autism on the Rise

Several health and scientific journals have recently reported that Autism is on the rise. The reason (or reasons) why Autism is becoming more common is largely unknown. Many scientists point to the environment while others point to poor nutrition.

As health experts attempt to solve the Autism mystery, more and more people responsible for Autistic children and adults are turning to GPS technology.

A recent story about a 4-year old Autistic child has caused a lot of parents to consider GPS tracking bracelets for Autistic children. Jackson Kastner went missing one day while his mother was unloading groceries. Panicked, Kastner’s mother phoned local police. Michigan search and rescue found Jackson’s body floating in a local river less than three hours after he had disappeared.

While sad, Kastner’s case is not an unusual one. Autistic children often wander away from home without any warning. As Autism rates increase, tracking devices become more and more important.

Scientists and health officials are still trying to understand why Autism is on the rise. In the meantime, keeping track of any Autistic person can be accomplished with the help of GPS technology.

Article Written by Harriette Halepis

Australian Autistic Boy Hit by Train

Perhaps GPS tracking could have averted a tragic accident on March 30. The sad story of Kieran hit the news last Thursday morning. The six-year-old autistic boy wandered from his home in Geelong, a city in the Australian state of Victoria, around 6 p.m. By 7 p.m., police had been alerted by several phone calls, including people who had seen the boy crossing a highway, and were searching for the lost child. About half an hour later, a train on its way to Warrnambool struck and killed the boy. The driver saw someone on the tracks and pulled the emergency brake, but it was too late to stop the momentum of the train in time.

Autistic Boy Hit By Train

One news article suggests the parents are asking for a GPS tracking system to avoid future incidences like these. While the article was not clear exactly what the system was being asked to track, GPS actually can be used in more than one way to prevent such accidents.
One potential use is a fleet tracking system to keep tabs on the movements of each train. Each engine would have a small device as part of a network connecting devices to satellites to computers. Dispatchers could follow the trains’ locations in real time and immediately alert drivers if problems have been reported on the tracks ahead. Perhaps police could have asked for train traffic to be stopped or slowed in the area where the boy had been seen.
Another potential use is a child tracker that can be worn as an anklet or bracelet. The device would communicate to satellites in the same way, and parents could find a child’s location immediately. This kind of system has been used to keep watch over elderly suffering dementia, children in large crowds, and even parolees. The responsible party can set up geographic boundaries and be alerted instantly if the device wearer goes out of a certain area.
In the end, no one can ever say what would or would not have happened “if only . . . .” Speculations cannot heal grief or change the past. But we can learn from the past and take measures to ensure this story is not repeated. Our part now is to review our own areas of interest and influence, and then to implement precautions to protect the people we know and love.

Article Written by Kadence Vyra

The S-911 Keeps Time… And So Much More.

Adiant Solutions, a Scottsdale, Arizona, company, has invented a new watch. Watches are created everyday around the globe, but this watch is unlike all the rest. The S-911 is a GPS tracking device and wristwatch all rolled into one sleek and compact package. So sleek, in fact, that anyone suffering from a cognitive disorder won’t mind wearing it.

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The S-911 has one purpose: to track those who need tracking the most. People who suffer from brain malfunctions such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, brain trauma, or any other disorder can be found at all times of the day with the S-911.

Once activated, this watch records data in real-time. Wherever a person wanders, caregivers will never be too far behind thanks to the S-911.

In addition to real-time tracking, the S-911 has a two-way call function. Caregivers can phone a watch wearer in order to check on a patient. Further, the S-911 has a panic button, a motion detector that can detect falls, and geo-fencing abilities. The only thing a caregiver needs is a personal computer or a smartphone to keep a virtual eye on a patient at all times. With all of these features, the S-911 is in a class all by itself.

GPS and cognitive disorders are a natural match. When sticking by someone’s side isn’t possible, a simple GPS tracking device can be your eyes and ears. The S-911 is currently available to the general public through the Adiant Solutions website.

Article Written by Harriette Halepis

GPS Tracking Bracelets Have 100% Success Rate

On the morning of March 26, 2011, a 15-year old autistic boy went missing. The Lubbock, Texas, boy was playing in his backyard when he disappeared. Moments later, Rhonda Massey look out of her window and panicked when she couldn’t locate her son, Matthew. Rhonda then called police who were able to track Matthew using GPS technology.

Matthew Massey wears a GPS tracking bracelet. When Matthew’s mother phoned police, the boy’s whereabouts were immediately noted. Matthew had wandered nearly ten blocks away from his home by the time that Rhonda realized he was missing. Even though Matthew had never wandered away before, Rhonda knew that it was only a matter of time.

The GPS tracking bracelet that Matthew Massey wears is part of a program called Project Lifesaver. This program was put into place to help protect those people who suffer from brain disorders. Often, people with various brain disorders from Alzheimer’s to Autism wander away from home. This causes caretakers to panic.

According to Project Lifesaver, the GPS tracking bracelets that participants wear are 100% effective. All people who wear a Project Lifesaver GPS tracking bracelet has been found. The program is relatively new in Lubbock, Texas, but Rhonda Massey is more than a little happy that the project was instated.

The Lubbock Sherriff’s Department told press that people who wear a Project Lifesaver GPS tracking bracelet are usually found within nine hours of first disappearance. For Rhonda Massey, the Project Lifesaver GPS tracking bracelet provides her with security. Massey recently told press that “to have that piece of mind is priceless, you can’t buy that piece of mind.”

GPS tracking devices save lives daily. If you have a loved one who could benefit from GPS tracking technology, don’t wait. People who suffer from brain disorders may wander off, but (like Rhonda Massey), you can have complete peace of mind by purchasing a GPS tracking device.

Article Written by Harriette Halepis

GPS Tracking and Autism

By Greg Bartlett

Both children and adults having autism tend to wander at will. This can put these people in very dangerous situations. Though an autistic individual’s family may be able to watch him or her most of the time, it is impossible for the family to guard them every minute of the day. As of July 2009, recent research suggested that about 92% of autistic young people have a tendency to wander. This is an extremely high rate.

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A family ought to have a game plan in place for when such situations develop. The family of the autistic person can prepare by having contact information and a photo identifying the autistic person prepared and distributed to their neighbors and the local police. Another excellent option is to set up a GPS device on the autistic child or adult that will be able to track and monitor the person’s location at all times.

The technology behind GPS devices grew out of World War II technology and was made available to civilians in the 1980’s – due to a United States passenger airplane tragically, though unwittingly, crossing into enemy airspace due to defects in the navigational equipment available to the pilot of the plane and his team.

Out of this tragedy has grown a convenience that is practically taken for granted by many families today. As research is suggesting, a GPS tracking device attached to a child or adult with autism can help save that person’s life. GPS tracking has become a wonderful asset to many different people in the twenty-first century.

Tracking Autistic Individuals

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Autistic individuals have a tendency to wander. According to a recent study by the National Autism Association, 92% of autistic children will wander away from home at least once. Wandering is a serious issue for the families of autistic individuals, especially because of concerns about safety.

One autism association notes that drowning is one of the top safety risks because autistic individuals are drawn to water but don’t realize the danger of drowning. If your autistic child wanders away and finds a pond, chances are your child may drown before you even realize he or she is missing.

Naturally, concerned family members are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of their autistic loved one. They attempt to keep close tabs on the individual, teach him or her to swim, and may also give informational flyers to neighbors and police officers who might be able to help in case the individual does wander off.

However, one of the best options is a GPS tracking device. Since GPS devices are small and can be easily carried by an individual, it won’t be burdensome to the autistic child or adult. In fact, some companies now offer GPS tracking enabled shoes and clothing so that as long as the individual is wearing the shoes or the item of clothing, you can track him or her.

A GPS tracking device will let you know exactly where the individual is at all times. If your child wanders off, you don’t have to institute a search in the entire neighborhood – and beyond – to find him or her. In fact, many companies offer a GPS tracking device which will even alert you if the wearer goes outside predetermined boundaries or goes into certain areas. For instance, if your child manages to get out of your back yard, you’d receive an alert instantly. If you already know where the water areas in your neighborhood are, such as ponds, lakes, and pools, you could enter them into the GPS system and be alerted if your child goes near any of the locations.

Locating your wandering autistic child quickly is vital for the safety of your child and may be an issue of life and death. Help protect your autistic child with a GPS tracking device so that you can know where your child is at all times and receive alerts if he or she starts wandering. A GPS device won’t stop your child from wandering, but it may help save a life.

Tracking Autism

By Harriette Halepis

There has been a lot of talk about GPS enabled shoes and devices meant for use with Alzheimer’s patients. However, one large group of people that can really benefit from a GPS tracking device has been largely overlooked.autismspeaks

 
Autistic adults and children are often unaware of the environment around them. This tends to lead to wandering and other dangers. While people that do not have autism would never think of stepping off a bridge into a large body of water, autistic people often do not fear such cautionary areas.

 
Sadly, hundreds of autistic people fall into harm’s way every year. The good news is that most of these accidents can be easily prevented. If you happen to be the main caregiver for an autistic person, you may want to consider a GPS tracking device.
With the help of GPS tracking technology, it is possible to keep an autistic child or adult within a certain “safe” area. If this person wanders out of the safe area, a primary caregiver will be notified right away. Of course, a GPS tracker cannot physically prevent a person from encountering danger, though this type of device can provide peace of mind.

 
It is also important to notify your neighbours of an autistic child or adult. This way, when your loved one wanders away from home, a neighbour or friend can be called upon quickly. In addition to notifying neighbours, it is also wise to speak with local emergency officials.

 
If your local fire and police departments know about an autistic child within their neighbourhood, they will also know who to look for if your loved one wanders outside of a safe zone. While all of the aforementioned things may seem slightly excessive, they can all prevent an autistic person from a treacherous situation.

 
Presently, there aren’t any GPS tracking devices that have been specifically developed for autistic people, though there are a number of trackers on the market that can be used in this manner. Most of these devices are also cost-worthy, easily attained, and durable.

GPS tracking devices come in a number of forms including wrist watches, bracelets, small devices that can be clipped to clothing or backpacks, and even shoes. Constantly shadowing an autistic person may be difficult to do, though knowing that they are safe while you are away can provide some comfort.