Bluetooth Tag Helps Locate Wandering Patients In Cities

Bluetooth Tag Helps Locate Wandering Patients In Cities
Health

Japanese cities could find small Bluetooth trackers in businesses to help track a dementia patient who lost their way home

Zack Palm
  • 9 may 2017

The number of cases of missing people with dementia continues to rise in Japan, reaching 12,208 in 2015, a whopping 1,452 up from 2014. As Japan has the largest aged population in the world, this number is only expected continue to grow. A Japanese security company named Sohgo Security Services, also known as Alsok, created a thumb-sized Bluetooth tracker that the elderly can carry to make it easier to track them when they get lost.

These tags require a nearby Bluetooth connection in order to send out a signal to their location. To help relay the signal, Alsok created an accompanying smartphone application and tabletop device however, these these features would have to be installed throughout a city for the trackers to work. If the concept does take off, businesses could implement the devices in the back of their store and employees could have the application installed on the phone.

Alsok is reaching out to city governments in Japan for help to get the application on smartphones and the devices installed on a reliable network.

Alsok Bluetooth Trackers

The number of cases of missing people with dementia continues to rise in Japan, reaching 12,208 in 2015, a whopping 1,452 up from 2014. As Japan has the largest aged population in the world, this number is only expected continue to grow. A Japanese security company named Sohgo Security Services, also known as Alsok, created a thumb-sized Bluetooth tracker that the elderly can carry to make it easier to track them when they get lost.

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