Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Safety Bands Rolled out for Elderly and Students; in Association with NETPARK

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Safety Bands Rolled out for Elderly and Students; in Association with NETPARK

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Byline: Andrew Mernin

TECHNOLOGY used in a pioneering child safety device has now been developed to protect the welfare of elderly people with dementia and globe-trotting backpackers.

The past year has seen Blyth telecoms company DataSMS gain far-reaching success for its child tracking device which is currently being sold in Co-operative Travel outlets nationally and has been supplied to numerous police forces across the country including Surrey, the Met and Grampian.

The system, which provides instant communication between a lost child and its parents, has now been developed to meet the needs of authorities and people who look after the elderly, and adventure travel operators.

The original Tagn Go system involves a brightly-coloured wristband marked with a unique code which parents, teachers or guardians register with a central database that becomes activated should a child go missing.

According to managing director Terry Munley, the updated system is built on a similar platform but gives users much more control over how the device is used.

If an elderly person suffering from dementia is wearing the band and goes missing, anyone who finds them can send a text message to the code on the band and will receive vital information on how to best help that person.

The text message will also automatically send the good Samaritan's mobile number to the person's family, carer or a local authority charged with looking after that person.

The device, which can be managed online through a central website, is also being developed for use in the tourism sector, largely to track the location and safety of backpackers.

Mr Munley said: "We want to sell this to councils, people who run retirement homes and companies that provide backpacker and group travel experiences such as skiing.

"If there's a pensioner and there's an emergency situation, the person who finds them and wants to help them can text to a system which comes back with the information they need - more importantly, users can choose who they want to be alerted at the time of an emergency. …

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