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SOURCE Project Lifesaver International
PORT SAINT LUCIE, Fla., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Project Lifesaver is the premier Search & Rescue (SAR) program specifically designed for "At Risk" individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering.
LOK8U is an innovative Global Leader in the design and development of location based products and services for children and adults. LOK8U designed, developed, and produces PAL.
The Project Lifesaver program trains first responders in both Search and Rescue (SAR) techniques along with providing an understanding of the symptoms and behavior of individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Autism, and the other cognitive conditions, giving those Project Lifesaver trained and certified first responder's the tools to assess and effectively manage the safe and comfortable return of the "At Risk" individual. Another critical component of the Project Lifesaver program is the application of the appropriate protection and locating technology. Today, the continued advancement of technology is simply a part of our lives. Understanding the multiple challenges that both caregivers and first responder agencies are facing, Project Lifesaver International is pleased to announce the introduction of PAL.
With the application of PAL, searches that typically involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, will either never happen or in the unlikely event that it does, will dramatically be reduced. PAL also eliminates the need for agencies to change bands and batteries, saving the agencies technology maintenance man hours. More importantly, PAL's introduction into the Project Lifesaver program will add another technology that will reduce the risk of a tragic outcome.
"This is the latest example of how our innovative program and the application of technology advances set us apart from other organizations," said Gene Saunders, Founder and CEO of Project Lifesaver International. "We are delighted to be able to establish an important relationship with LOK8U to provide yet another solution that will help to address the specific challenges of individual caregivers of 'At Risk' wanderers." This customized application of technology in collaboration with local first responders will provide the much needed support and peace-of-mind to the families and caregivers of our nation's most vulnerable patients without putting an excessive drain on public safety budgets.
"We are very proud to be able to work closely with Project Lifesaver and supply them with state of the art technology that will help to protect 'At Risk' individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering," said Steve Salmon, Founder and CEO of LOK8U. Mr. Salmon continues, "because of the protection aspect of the PAL solution along with the Project Lifesaver training and program, countless numbers of search and rescue operations will be significantly reduced or never happen."
Wandering is one of the most frightening, dangerous, and potentially life-threatening behaviors that may accompany a cognitive condition. The number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer's is growing dramatically. At the same time, leading authorities are alarmed at what they have now termed an epidemic of autism in children. Both of these "At Risk" groups have wandering tendencies. Searches conducted by Project Lifesaver agencies average 30 minutes, compared to nine hours for individuals without a locating system. To date Project Lifesaver's success rate is 100%.
PAL is the newest and most effective protect and locate solution designed specifically to reduce the potential of a life threatening wandering episode. PAL differs from most other protect and locate devices in that it is equipped with GPS and cellular locating technology. The PAL watch also includes an RF (Radio Frequency) "Safe Zone". The RF "Safe Zone" allows the caregiver to create an electronic perimeter around the individual wearing the watch. With the addition of PAL when the RF "Safe Zone" is breached the caregiver will hear an alarm and be able to stop the wandering event before it happens, in turn dramatically reducing the number of potential wandering episodes. PAL is only available from Project Lifesaver International.
About Project Lifesaver International:
Project Lifesaver International is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, other first responders and caregivers with equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, including those with Alzheimer's disease, Autism, and Down syndrome. To date Project Lifesaver agencies have conducted over 2,700 successful rescues with a success rate of 100%.
Started more than fourteen years ago, Project Lifesaver is not just the first, but the most widely used and effective program in the nation that is specifically designed to protect the "At Risk" populations in our communities. Project Lifesaver has trained thousands of public safety agencies, not only in search, rescue and the use of our electronic locating equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer's disease, Autism or a related cognitive disorder. Project Lifesaver was the innovator then and fourteen years later continues to innovate with the introduction of PAL.
Founded in 2008, LOK8U is headed by Chief Executive Officer Steve Salmon who has 15 years experience in the mobile communications and satellite navigation sectors. The engineering team also has a wealth of knowledge from their experience working for several years on military and consumer satellite applications.
LOK8U continues to invest in research and development to provide enhanced, reliable and quality products and services and to stay at the fore front of personal protection and locating technological solutions.
The PAL system has been designed, manufactured and tested by UK location services company LOK8U Ltd, headquartered in the United Kingdom. LOK8U is currently expanding its Global footprint because of the demands of the expanding personal safety market.
LOK8U intends to be the market leader in the delivery of the highest quality and state-of-the-art location based products.
Project Lifesaver and the new PAL (Protect And Locate) system are endorsed by both the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.
For more information about Project Lifesaver International please visit our website at www.projectlifesaver.org.
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