Tracking someone with Dementia – Using Geo-fencing

Tracking Someone With Dementia - Using Geo-fencing

Geo-fencing is a popular and life-saving feature when tracking someone with dementia.

It's something that a few different dementia trackers and elderly trackers have, but they tend to work in different ways. Here I'll go into a little more depth about our Stray Star Dementia Tracker.

With a simple text command, you can set a radius around the devices location of a variable distance. Typically, we recommend 100 meters. It's so easy to set up. Some devices require you to first figure out all the location co-ordinates for the corners of a geo-fence square, but ours is a simple radius number.

Whenever our GPS tracker for dementia goes out of that zone, it will then automatically send an alert text message to up to three different phone numbers (however many you set up on the device).

When tracking someone with dementia using GPS, you can then also know when they wander, as well as knowing exactly where they are!

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Our dementia tracker allows you to set three simultaneous geo-fences. They can be of varying distances, and can be set to alert if the person goes out of the zone, or into the zone.

Alerts for going into a zone might be useful if for example, you're tracking someone with dementia who is liable to wander to a certain park, or pub, or a place that has specific relevance. Or if they are just elderly, you might not want an alert each time they leave the house for a stroll, but you want to know if they go into the local town. The unique flexibility of our GPS Trackers offers an excellent array of options.

When a geo-fence is breached and an alert text is sent, when the person returns to safety the function will then reset ready for the next wander. So you don't need to keep setting it!

"Sister went off yesterday and we located her to an exact address which we recognised. Therefore there was no need to worry!"Shirley, June 2019

Limitations of Geo-fencing

Sometimes, the GPS accuracy can reduce, particularly in bad weather, with lots of trees or buildings around, or overnight. Usually the inaccurate 'blips' are only a few seconds, but if the device happens to locate itself right at that moment then you might get a false-alarm text alert.

When you get a geo-fence alert, its always useful to text the device again for a fresh location when tracking someone with dementia, just to be sure of where they are - before you go out chasing after them!

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    Geo-fencing With Online Tracking

    If you set up the optional free online GPS tracking function when tracking someone with dementia, the dementia tracker will also upload its location to the online tracking platform.

    You can also set up all manner of geo-fences right in the map - circles, polygons, 'inside' alerts or 'outside' alerts.

    You can also get rid of the false alerts by setting a minimum time of breach number - for example a minute. Then, when tracking someone with dementia they'll have to breach the zone for a minute before you get a text alert.

    The caveat here is that you can only get email alerts from the online tracking platform, not texts. But if your phone gets instant email notifications (as most do) then this shouldn't be a problem.

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