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Laipac, Telit develop personal locator for elderly

Iain Morris
May 14, 2014
Using module technology from Telit, tracking specialist Laipac has developed a new personal locator designed for users who are elderly and infirm.

The locator supports instant location and two-way voice communications and will notify friends, family and caregivers in the event a user falls and is in need of help.

Telit (London, UK) and Laipac (Richmond Hill, Canada) say the Lola – as it is branded – will allow users to live in their own homes for longer and enhance their quality of life.

Laipac says the device is capable of initiating instant two-way communications at the touch of a button, and will pinpoint a user’s precise location in the event of an emergency.

It can also detect unexpected movements like falls.

The unit is small enough to wear as an “unobtrusive pendant”, says Telit, reducing the risk it becomes lost or separated rom the user if he or she falls.

Telit says the GE865 module that is used in the device offers quad-band GSM and GPRS connectivity and very low power consumption – meaning the Lola can be worn all day on a single charge.

Its JF2 GNSS module, meanwhile, provides enhanced positioning for the accuracy that users will demand in the event of an emergency.

The companies say the Lola is currently available through a variety of outlets, including – in some regions – from local carriers, as well as directly from Laipac.

Laipac is charging less than $20 a month for unlimited tracking, 100 minutes of voice usage and access to LocationNow – Laipac’s online tracking platform.

“Due to the growing needs for innovative solutions to elder care issues, we expect Lola sales to grow significantly this year,” said Diego Lai, Co-founder of Laipac. “Thanks to the technology and support from Telit, we are able to offer the perfect compact, affordable and easy-to-use solution to address this unique need.”
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