(Global Positioning System) is a
satellite-based, location identification technology that can be found in some
electronic products today. It's familiar to many of us from using car satellite
navigation systems and smart phones.
some companies in the medical alert system industry have been adding GPS devices into
their systems--with mixed results.
Companies have added GPS functionality to
provide broader emergency monitoring coverage to their customers -- beyond the
home and garden coverage offered by established senior alert systems.
However, despite the excitement around GPS
technology, its use in senior alert devices is still in
its infancy. As a result, GPS-enabled devices may cause unexpected issues
and consequences for their users.
Alert1 and GPS in the Future
Inclusion of current GPS technology in medical
alert devices -- especially when tied to mobile phone technology -- raises
concerns about providing timely emergency help and concerns about its actual
value to the customer. It is for this reason that Alert1 has chosen not to
offer GPS in our products at this time. Alert1 is constantly evaluating new technology to improve
our alert systems. We cannot adopt GPS technology just yet, but look forward to
the day when the benefits outweigh the costs for our customers.