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LOSTnFOUND presents the award-winning assistance system that helps track dementia patients

-- guard2me©: A small wearable provides more security and a better quality of life

BARCELONA, Spain and ADLISWIL, Switzerland, Feb. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ShowStoppers @ MWC 2014 -- On the occasion of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LOSTnFOUND presents a digital assistance system for patients with dementia. With the help of guard2me, caregivers can find out where the wearer of the GPS watch is located. This means that patients with dementia regain more freedom and a better quality of life, and caregivers and family members are being relieved.

More and more families are affected by Alzheimer's. The disease is very often associated with disorientation: people with dementia tend to wander, get lost and be unable to remember the way home. However, it is important for the self-respect of these patients that they maintain their independence and self-determination. With its guard2me© product, the Swiss company LOSTnFOUND offers a tracking device that helps dementia patients regain a better quality of life and supports caregivers.

The system, which was especially developed to support dementia patients, consists of three main components: a GPS watch with an embedded tracking device and SIM card and a web portal or app for smartphones. The location of the wearer of the watch is tracked via GPS and then transmitted to the web portal via the mobile network. The current position can be shown on a digital map (Google maps). As a special feature, the system can track the wearer even when he or she is indoors. This means that caregivers can locate the person very precisely even where there are only weak or no GPS signals. Thanks to the integrated SIM card, guard2me© can be used in 145 countries. The web portal, app and watch are easy and self-explanatory to use.

In the web portal, the user can fix tracking intervals and also set a specific safe or danger zone. Special privacy settings ensure that confident information can only be accessed by registered users. An intelligent sensor integrated into the watch recognizes when the wearer has fallen and immediately sends a text message to the caregiver. The guard2me© watch is also equipped with an SOS button. When this button is pushed, guard2me© immediately sends the current position.

After a test phase of more than six months, guard2me© is available on the market in the beginning of March 2014. Family members and caregivers of Alzheimer's patients can find further information on the website www.guard2me.com, where they can also order the system. The price of the watch is €298, plus a monthly service fee which is currently €25 including the SIM card.

During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, guard2me© won the "Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award". The tracking system for people with Alzheimer's disease was developed by the Swiss company LOSTnFOUND together with leading technology partners. LOSTnFOUND has been successfully developing and marketing tracking systems for vehicles and movable goods for several years.

Further information about the company can be found on:
www.lostnfound.com or www.guard2me.com
Awards: www.lostnfound.com/award

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