FRISCO, Texas, June 3 EmSeeQ, a cellular based locator system that connects directly to the E-9-1-1 system, completed an operational process review by members of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. Recognizing both the ability to save a person's life and reduce the possibility of costly searches, the review identified best practices, operational processes, and training and support procedures for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs).
"The insights and phenomenal feedback provided by the NENA and APCO team is invaluable in ensuring we communicate proper information and training to PSAPs nationwide," said Jim Nalley, CEO and founder of EmFinders. "Our mission is to partner with PSAPs to provide the best information to locate a cognitively impaired individual quickly to help them saves lives."
The first and only high-accuracy cellular-based locator system, EmSeeQ helps find lost individuals suffering from cognitive impairments as a result of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, autism, traumatic brain injury and other circumstances. The wristwatch-style device relies on cellular technology. Unlike traditional GPS systems, which can only indicate the location of the device in areas of sufficient signal strength, EmSeeQ places a call to 9-1-1 once activated, triggering the national E-9-1-1 emergency location system. Using advanced cellular triangulation technology, the system is capable of providing an accurate location to within meters and updating the location at any time to account for movement while emergency responders are en route. The system is very affordable, costing less than a typical cell phone, with service plans that run about $25 per month.
"APCO is dedicated to public safety communications and as such is always pleased to offer our experience, guidance and best practices to private sector companies to improve the value of their product offering to our over 15,000 members. The EmSeeQ operational review is an example of how we can assist in evolving an offering to that end," stated Richard Mirgon, president of APCO International.
"EmFinder's diligence to work with the emergency services community to identify national best practices appropriate for their product and service is greatly appreciated by NENA. The company has provided an excellent example for using the operational review process," said Brian Fontes, NENA's CEO. "This initiative is an excellent example of how private industry and public safety can partner to enhance 9-1-1 in times of need."
An operational focus group compromised of members from both NENA and APCO International representing eight different states came to Frisco to work directly with EmFinders personnel to identify operational scenarios and work through how the data provided by EmFinders would be best utilized by PSAP operations. The sessions identified the need for a PSAP training program that will be developed by EmFinders and provided to PSAPs under the guidelines provided by APCO International and NENA.
For more information about the EmSeeQ device, visit www.emfinders.com.
About APCO International
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. APCO International serves the professional needs of its 15,000 members worldwide by creating a platform for setting professional standards, addressing professional issues and providing education, products and services for people who manage, operate, maintain and supply the communications systems used by police, fire and emergency medical dispatch agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.apcointl.org.
About the National Emergency Number Association
NENA serves the public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. With more than 7000 members in 48 chapters across the United States and around the globe, NENA promotes implementation and awareness 9-1-1 and international three-digit emergency communications systems. NENA works with public policy leaders, emergency services and telecommunications industry partners, like-minded public safety associations, and other stakeholder groups to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives, to facilitate the creation of an IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 system, and to establish industry leading standards, training, and certifications. Find out more at www.nena.org.
EmFinders, based in Frisco, TX, is a new technology company that has developed a device and subscription service for locating people with Alzheimer's or other impaired adults and children who wander and become lost. The wearable device and locator service uses advanced cellular technology to locate lost individuals, even if they wander inside a building, under a structure or just about anywhere. The device becomes activated on remote command and the locator service works in coordination with emergency responders. EmFinders is a privately held subsidiary of TruePosition, Inc, which is in turn a privately held subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital group (NASDAQ: LCAPA), which owns a broad range of electronic retailing, media, communications and entertainment businesses. For more information, visit www.emfinders.com.
About TruePosition and Liberty Media
TruePosition is the global leader in location determination and intelligence solutions that help protect citizens, combat crime, and save lives. TruePosition location solutions meet the mission-critical requirements of enterprises and government agencies. These solutions include future-proof technologies, innovative applications, and comprehensive networking and systems services. TruePosition has more patents, technical expertise, and operational experience in wireless location than any other company in the world. Every day more than 100 million people depend on location services supported by TruePosition technology. TruePosition is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital group (NASDAQ: LCAPA), which owns a broad range of electronic retailing, media, communications and entertainment businesses. For more information, visit www.trueposition.com or www.libertymedia.com.