City uses high-tech bracelets to find missing seniors, children

An Ohio police department is offering wrist bracelets that, with the help of 911 technology, can find missing autistic children and older people, Sarah Rich reports in Government Technology.

The Rocky River Police Department in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, recently got 15 of the tracking devices made by EMFinders of Frisco, Texas. The devices are available at no charge, but do have a a monthly activation fee, the article explained. 

Here's how the device works: when a person wearing the bracelet is missing, someone must alert the city's police department. The missing person's relative or the police department then contacts EMFinders with the bracelet's serial number. The company signals the bracelet, and the device sends a signal to the 911 operator through the city's emergency communications system. That system signals back to the police, who can then find the missing person in between 10 and 22 minutes, the story said.

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