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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Reader Comments

Wed, Jun 22, 2011 jay hearne

I was having same problem with elderly parents , I resorted to Verizon . Got famliy finder put on the phone I got them for ten dollars a month. Now I just have to get them to take it with them. I can get on computor and locate them , Their car has lojack but you have to report stolen . The Verizon system will let you use smart phone to locate as well.

Wed, Jun 22, 2011 Jim N.C.

For the individual who had the question from NYC. Contact Project Life Saver who offer a tracking device with no activation fee's. Law Enforcement agencies are trained to use the equipment to find the lost person (Autistic, Alzheimer and Dementia). They have a great program

Wed, Jun 22, 2011

2 things: 1) It is available in NYC, which is easily seen when going to (2) Only the child's legal guardian has the right to put the bracelet on her.

Tue, Jun 21, 2011 Bronx ny.

Why is it that they have the locating bracelets every where else and not here in NYC... i would like to perchase one for my 3 year old granddaughter. i am always panicking when she leaves with her dad... i feel some day he is going to call us that she is missing. My granddaughter can not speak and there are to many pedifiles in the world..PLEASE respnce this to me... thank you margie

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