New GPS device allows Oklahomans to keep tabs on grandma

Chickasha-based Motionworks Industrial Safety marketing two-way device that looks to keep families in touch with senior relatives
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: May 3, 2012
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A company that provides digital tracking devices to law enforcement in 17 Oklahoma counties is now selling a GPS wristwatch that does a lot more than keep time.

Motionworks Industrial Safety is marketing its new S-911 locator as a way to keep tabs on senior citizens who may be at risk of falling or straying from their homes.

The device can transmit and receive information via satellite or also work as a phone, keeping loved ones an arm's length away at all times, explained Jason Maddox, the company's technology manager.

Users can notify family and friends of an emergency by pressing a button that initiates a phone call and sends out an alert via text message and email.

Maddox said the communication works both ways, with concerned loved ones also able to contact the device wearer just by dialing a phone number, causing the wristwatch ring. Or they can log on to a company website and see on a map their relative's exactly location.

“I could actually chase Grandma down the road with it if I had to,” Maddox said. “It's true-time GPS — the same system we're using to track criminals.”

The technology was developed in Canada and was distributed to Motionworks through an Arizona security company. The S-911 will supplement the company's prior law enforcement contracts by providing digital locating technology for private citizens, Maddox said.

The digital bracelet includes a feature which will alert loved ones to sudden movements, like a fall or vehicle crash, and allows users to set up an invisible “geo-fence,” which means an alert would be triggered if the bracelet user steps outside an established boundary.

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