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Project Lifesaver Introduces a New Tracking System for "At Risk" Individuals
Date:7/10/2013

PORT SAINT LUCIE, Fla., July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PAL, a division of Project Lifesaver, is the newly field tested and approved monitoring and tracking solution. Today, the continued advancement of technology is simply a part of our everyday lives and the PAL system has a demonstrated record of quality and dependability. With the addition of the PAL system, Project Lifesaver will be able to customize a monitoring and tracking solution that best meets the specific needs of "At Risk" individuals and their caregivers. PAL, will provide caregivers living in communities where the Project Lifesaver program is not available the ability to effectively monitor and track their "At Risk" loved one who is prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering.

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"PAL adds another tool to Project Lifesaver's search and rescue toolbox," said Gene Saunders, Founder and CEO of Project Lifesaver International, "our key objective, with the addition of PAL, is to continue to improve the safety, reliability, and reach, of search and rescue efforts for "At Risk" individuals who live in areas that do not offer the Project Lifesaver program."

Chief Saunders continues, "Our new approach, and the application of the PAL technology is the latest example of how our innovative program sets us apart from other organizations. We are delighted to be able to provide an effective tracking solution that will help to address the specific challenges of individual caregivers of 'At Risk' wanderers." The application of PAL technology will provide the much needed support and peace-of-mind to the families and caregivers of our nation's most vulnerable patients without putting an excessive drain on public safety budgets.

PAL is worn on the wrist and is the size, weight, and look of a digital sports watch. The transmitter component of the PAL tracking system includes a portable receiver which notifies the caregiver of a wandering event through the use of GSM & GPS technologies. If an "At Risk" individual wearing a PAL watch breaches the Geo-Fence the portable receiver will sound an audible alert. An LCD display will then flash red indicating your loved one has wandered from the Geo-Criteria you have set. PAL will generate an e-mail alert and send an SMS (text message) with the date and location of the wandering event.

Additionally, if the caregiver presses the "find" button on the portable receiver the PAL watch will determine the location of the individual and the address will be displayed on the portable receiver. If the "At Risk" individual wearing the PAL watch is lost and chooses to push the panic button on PAL watch the address will be shown on the portable receiver.

For the caregiver's convenience, PAL also includes an internet portal that is accessible worldwide from any PC or smart phone and allows for real time tracking with regular location updates. In the event of wandering, an update from the internet portal is sent as an e-mail alert and/or a text message to the caregiver.

Other PAL Watch/Transmitter Features Include:

  • The watch band has a locking feature which can only be removed by using a tool provided with the PAL system.
  • The watch is Water Resistant and Splash Proof. PAL should NOT be worn when swimming or bathing. Prolonged water contact should be avoided.
  • It is advisable to keep PAL fully charged when not being used.
  • PAL is constructed of durable materials and does not require maintenance except cleaning.
  • PAL constantly monitors the status of the battery and will send an alert if the battery level is low.

With the dramatic increase in the incidence of both Alzheimer's and Autism has come an increased prevalence of wandering and lost "At Risk" individuals. Today's caregivers, as well as public safety agencies, are faced with many challenges. Identifying the appropriate tracking technology and price point for each individual family's needs will allow the Project Lifesaver program to reach a much larger number of individuals, will reduce the strain on public safety agencies, and protect a much larger number of "At Risk" individuals.

Project Lifesaver International:
Project Lifesaver International is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, other first responders and caregivers with equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, including those with Alzheimer's disease, Autism, and Down syndrome. To date Project Lifesaver agencies have conducted over 2,600 successful rescues with a success rate of 100%.         

Started more than fourteen years ago, Project Lifesaver is not just the first, but the most widely used and effective program in the nation that is specifically designed to protect the "At Risk" populations in our communities. Project Lifesaver has trained thousands of public safety agencies, not only in search, rescue and the use of our electronic tracking equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer's disease, Autism or a related cognitive disorder. Project Lifesaver was the innovator then and fourteen years later continues to innovate.  

For more information about Project Lifesaver International and the PAL system, please visit our website at http://www.projectlifesaver.org/Pal-info/ or contact:

Joseph Salenetri
Senior Communications Advisor
or
Elizabeth Kappes
Director of Media & Communication
772-446-1271 or 1-877-580-5433 


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