Vince Morelli, president of SafeTracks GPS Canada Inc, with his company’s personal locator device TRiLOC.

SafeTracks to reduce size of its tracking device

Award-winning company

Red Deer company SafeTracks GPS Canada Inc. is working on a sleeker design for its award-winning tracking device that’s helping to keep people safe.

In November, SafeTracks received the Societal Impact Award at the annual Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Awards for its watch monitoring device TRiLOC that allows people with cognitive disorders, like dementia, to be tracked at all times via GPS technology.

SafeTracks president Vince Morelli said the ASTech award really means a lot.

“We’re doing something for the community with our innovation, and our proactive approach to protecting families and people suffering from diseases and at-risk individuals,” Morelli said.

Developed in 2013, TRiLOC has a built-in, two-way voice communications system that allows a family member, or caregiver, and the wearer to communicate through an internal cellular connection.

The device, that can be locked onto the wrist, has an SOS button, and detects falls. It also sends alert notifications via text and email to caregivers when the wearer has exited and entered the virtual geo-fence safe zone.

“Look how cold it is out. If someone wanders from a house or facility in these temperatures, time is life. We try and create a tool, if used properly, to significantly diffuse that situation.”

He said a slimmer version of TRiLOC, that resembles a very large watch, will be available by the fall.

“We want to make it easy for the eye. Make it smaller, closer to a Fitbit size, but maintaining the technology.”

Morelli said reducing its size will make more appealing to seniors, children and women.

szielinski@redddeeradvocate.com

Just Posted

Olympic ski run designer creates upgrades at Canyon Ski Resort

Jeff Ihaksi says free-style and alpine ski venues are Canada Winter Games-worthy

Updated: Collision expert backs version of crash of driver accused of manslaughter

Daniel Newsham accused of manslaughter in fatal 2016 collision

Red Deer artist highlights the dinosaur connection of Alberta birds

Jeff Powers is fascinated by winged creatures

Murder charges laid against woman from the Sunchild First Nation

The 25-year-old female victim was found dead on Dec. 12

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

McDavid, Draisaitl with three points each to lead Oiles over Flyers

Oilers 4, Flyers 1 EDMONTON — Connor McDavid had two goals and… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: How to change your beauty routine

Kim XO, lets you in on her style secrets each Fashion Friday on the Black Press Media Network

WHL’s Thunderbirds, Silvertips open to NHL joining Seattle hockey market

TORONTO — The Seattle area’s major junior hockey teams aren’t worried about… Continue reading

Canadian freestyle skier Karker excited for Dew Tour’s modified superpipe

Rachael Karker has a renewed sense of confidence heading into her second… Continue reading

CBS settled with Dushku over ‘Bull’ star’s sexual comments

LOS ANGELES — CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year… Continue reading

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats

LOS ANGELES — Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake.… Continue reading

Councillors in Toronto, Ottawa vote to allow retail cannabis stores

TORONTO — Councillors in Toronto have voted to allow retail pot shops… Continue reading

Most Read