CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) -- Every minute matters when a person is missing, and a new piece of tracking technology is helping rescue teams conclude their searches faster than ever.
The LoJack SafetyNet is a small tracking bracelet that stores its wearer's emergency contact information and, when activated, immediately locates the missing person. The technology has already been utilized by some departments across the state, including the Fire & Police Depts. in Cranston.
The SafetyNet is most beneficial for the elderly or people with cognitive conditions that could affect their memories or sense of direction.
Cranston Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Leo Kennedy recalled an incident in which a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease went missing in Portsmouth, saying it took his rescue squad almost four hours to locate her.
With this device, though, Kennedy and Robert Quirk, the department's day patrol commander, said the search time would have dramatically decreased.
"There will be no need to call anyone in and add to the time to find the people who are lost," said Quirk.
With the consistent winter weather New Englanders have experienced the last few weeks, it has become even more critical to conclude searches as quickly as possible.
"We're talking about cold weather, whether it's ice or snow or if it's the middle of the woods," said Kennedy. "They're in need, and we want to help them."
Currently, the Cranston departments have four systems in place, meaning, if necessary, they have the resources to quickly locate four missing people at once.
For more information, and to become involved with this system, visit the LoJackSafetyNet website here .
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