Families of dementia patients will soon be able to track their loved ones in Calgary with GPS tracking devices for the elderly with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Hospital and health facilities in Calgary are working hard to get a new program started that will offer GPS tracking for their dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. According to recent studies, there about 300 people every year that go missing from Calgary health facilities. Many of them are Alzheimer’s or dementia patients that wander off and are unable to find their way back. Not only is it scary for their loved ones and puts the patient in jeopardy, but it costs a lot of time and energy tracking them down.
Now with the GPS program, Calgary health officials are hoping to make it a simple process for everyone involved. The dangers of wandering patients with dementia puts themselves into worrisome situations. It is not uncommon for them to walk into busy city streets, in front of vehicles, or not take their coat and head out into the bitter cold weather. Some patients have been found with severe frostbite or worse, just because of how long it took to find them. Other investigations were never closed because the person could not be found.
Luckily, many of the people found with Alzheimer’s or dementia have gotten the attention of strangers who called the police or nearby hospitals. Not everyone is this lucky, however. Now Calgary health facility officials are starting a program that lets relatives track their loved ones with GPS-enabled tracking devices to keep track of their whereabouts and be notified as soon as they walk outside of the designated area.
The head of the Calgary Police Service’s Missing Person team, Sgt. John Hebert, told reporters he believes this is a great idea. He said, “Any technology we can add to the toolbox is a valuable addition.”
The Alberta Health Services is launching the GPS project after other locations around the world have used similar technology for their patients. The tracking devices will be worn on the person in the form of an ankle bracelet or wrist bracelet.
It will be programmed with their personal information and boundaries set, so that an alarm goes off if they step outside of their boundaries. These boundaries are usually outside of the hospital they are staying or their own home. A family member has a smartphone with an app for the GPS tracker, which they can check at any time and also be notified if their relative wanders off a little too far. There is a map that shows exactly where they are and which direction they are heading.
Other facilities using GPS trackers have found the patient in less than 20 minutes, which allowed them to return safe and sound. The program is currently in the pilot stage and will soon be asking for volunteers. Nobody is forced to wear a tracking device against their will, but some relatives might soon be volunteering for the safety of their loved ones.
California and Florida reach the top of the list for the most watercraft stolen in 2013.
Every year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) releases reports on the most stolen vehicles and watercraft. It has recently released the statistics for watercraft theft, as well as recoveries, in the U.S. in 2013.
The data collected for the report comes from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It included the types of watercraft stolen and their manufacturers.
In 2013, 5,537 watercrafts were stolen, according to those that were reported. This is a six percent drop from 2012, when there were 5,870 watercraft thefts.
Where Watercrafts are Stolen
Florida and California top the list for the most watercraft stolen in 2013, at 1,310 and 628, respectively. Following them was Texas with 382 thefts, Washington with 208 thefts, and Georgia with 182 thefts. The District of Columbia and Hawaii had zero thefts of watercrafts for the year.
When Watercrafts are Stolen
For the U.S. as a whole, there were about 15 thefts every day of watercraft, which translates to 106 every week and 461 a month. July was the busiest month for watercraft thefts, with a total of 691 for that month.
Not surprisingly, spring and summer tend to be more common as this is when the watercraft is used the most. February had the lowest amount of thefts at 260 in his U.S. More thefts occurred on Fridays than any other day of the week, with the least amount stolen on Thursdays.
Types of Watercrafts Stolen
The types of watercraft stolen were identical to the rank they were in 2012. This included jet skis being the most commonly stolen watercraft with 1,215 reported thefts, followed by runabouts, utility watercraft, cruisers, and lastly sailboats. The top manufacturers of watercraft stolen included Yamaha, Bombardier Corporation, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing, Alumacraft, and Tracker Marine LP.
Deterring Watercraft Theft
Aside from always being safe when operating watercraft, boat owners are encouraged to help protect themselves against theft. The NICB recommends always locking the watercraft when it is docked, regardless of how safe they feel the area is. Any expensive equipment or accessories on the watercraft should be removed when it is not used. There are chain and lock detachable motors that can be removed when not operating the watercraft, which also helps protect against theft. Additionally, they recommend the following tips:
- Utilize a kill switch for the ignition.
- Disable it by removing batteries when it isn’t in use.
- Never leave the registration or title information inside.
- Use a trailer hitch when it is parked.
- Use a GPS tracking device.
The NICB has a vehicle theft line at 1-800-TEL-NICB for anyone that notices a boat was stolen, or who had their own watercraft stolen.
Pulling events together takes a lot of people working together to make it happen. Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of moveable parts and personnel to keep up with. GPS tracking systems can help you keep up with where your people and equipment are so you know what’s going on at all times. This vital information can be viewed at any time – either remotely from computer, or on-site via Internet accessible tablet devices and smartphones.
Monitor Equipment Location
While not all of the moving parts are vehicular in nature, GPS tracking, when combined with the power of RFID scanning, can help you monitor the location, movement, and placement of the costly equipment that helps you manage your events.
Of course, there is the added benefit of placing GPS tracking devices on valuable equipment to deter theft and facility fast recovery of expensive equipment. You can even set up text alerts that let you know, instantly, if equipment begins to move when it should not be moving.
Real Time Tracking of Staff and Volunteers
One important role of successful management teams is to ensure that the right people are in the right places at the right times. It makes a world of difference in the success of the event, whether you’re planning the Super Bowl halftime show, the Olympics, or a high school prom because everyone needs to be in the right place at the right time or mistakes occur.
The ability to use GPS equipment for two-way communication helps you manage personnel at multiple event locations to ensure that everything is going off without a hitch. You can also stay up to date on volunteers and staff members as well as potential problems as they arise. It’s much easier to manage everything from one system rather than relying on several different devices and interfaces in order to keep track.
The benefit of weather notifications has become more widely appreciated in the aftermath of high profile incidents, such as theIndiana state fair collapse in 2011 that resulted in the loss of seven lives and 58 additional injuries. Weather can have a profound impact on the way events shape up. Staying on top of potential weather threats helps you keep your personnel and the event guests safe from dangerous weather conditions.
Notifies You of Safety Problems
GPS tracking on vehicles, such as limos and delivery vehicles, can be set to notify you of reckless driving, high speed driving, and of vehicles veering from their designated routes. This lets you stay on top of the situation to ensure safety and security of your vehicles, their drivers, their passengers, and the cargo they carry.
The bottom line is that using GPS fleet tracking tools for your event management business improves your bottom line and helps you keep your events running smoothly.