Kenneth Lea - The Alzheimer’s Carer

Well, I feel that in the specific case of the dementia sufferers, if the carer or the person responsible for the dementia sufferer is willing, if they won’t wear a device that is removable, I feel that an implant is the only answer. Not only for the convenience of the carer but also for the subject’s safety. I’ve got great faith in the GPS system- as it is the best system of locating people over a wide area, whereas the FM band has a limited range on that pendant. GPS is global (figure 5). It would mean given the right situation, which would be no worse than the FM system, if the situation is right for the GPS, sufferers could be pinpointed within a meter or so and it would involve only sending one police car to pick them up, rather than have the whole force mobilized. Particularly in places like Sydney which is such a vast metropolis with numerous forms of transport where people with dementia could move over kilometers within a very short space of time. You’d never find them unless they were locatable by GPS.

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Allan Brimicombe - The Rise of the New Geographer

Similarly, on your mobile phone you can use an application where you can have your buddies marked out to know which of them are nearby at a particular moment to find them. And that is pretty much like tracking children. Another interesting one is mobile gaming which involves knowing where individuals are as part of the game. And I think, the most extraordinary one I’ve seen is from Finland in the North of Lapland, an application where a dog is fitted with a GPS and mobile phone device so that the owner of the dog from the nature of the dog’s bark can know whether or not the dog is out of range and by speaking to the dog via the mobile device and direct what the dog has to do.

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