Lifetracker

Lifetracker is an Australian personal tracking device that allows dementia sufferers a high degree of freedom, whilst allowing their carers to know exactly where they are at any given moment.


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We've seen a few overseas GPS-enabled products designed to help keep track of people at risk of wandering off due to memory impairment issues from dementia, Alzheimer's or autism — but now we've found one readily available in Australia.

Lifetracker is a waterproof GPS GSM device that can be strapped to the at-risk person's ankle or waist. It enables authorised carers or family members to locate the wearer via an SMS alert that will quickly provide their location to within metres.

If the wearer becomes disoriented, they can push its SOS button. That sends an SMS alert to the carer, who can then communicate directly to the wearer through its built-in microphone to calm them down and ascertain whether they need an ambulance sent to the location.

The most useful feature could be its Boundary Alert capability, which also sends the carer an alert message when the Lifetracker wearer crosses a pre-set boundary. The boundaries can be easily set up via SMS, so carers can change them quickly when going on outings with the Lifetracker wearer. Similarly, the boundary could be constricted if the person is prone to go wandering unexpectedly during the night, but expanded for daytime use, so that the wearer can have the freedom to maintain their normal routine of shopping, walking etc.

Lifetracker can be purchased online here.

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mdvrdrmn posted a comment   
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The very bad! Lifetracker is owned by an international wanted conman!
Jacques Rymer is an alias for Jacques Ansems.
Google both names and you will find enormous amount of information about his swindle practices!

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"I just want to warn people off this device"

FuzzPot posted a review   
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The Good:Good idea (if only it worked as advertised)

The Bad:Took ages to arrive, manual is poorly written, sends unexplained international sms messgaes to other phone numbers!

I just want to warn people off this device. After purchasing it I have given up and now use a free mobile phone based app which does a similar thing. The device took months to arrive and after 20 calls to the inventor he could not resolve the issue of this device sending frequent sms to a number in China (expensive!). It is also a backayrd operation - the website suggests they have a call centre but he is the only one who answers calls.




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  • mdvrdrmn

    mdvrdrmn

    "The very bad! Lifetracker is owned by an international wanted conman!
    Jacques Rymer is an alias for Jacques Ansems.
    Google both names and you will find enormous amount of information a..."

  • FuzzPot

    FuzzPot

    Rating1

    "I just want to warn people off this device. After purchasing it I have given up and now use a free mobile phone based app which does a similar thing. The device took months to arrive and after 20 ..."

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