I had the great opportunity to attend a demonstration of such a product with the Layton City Police Department. The product called EmSeeQ, by EmFinders (www.emfinders.com) uses the E 9-1-1 network and advanced cellular technology to rapidly locate your missing loved one and direct first responders with one phone call to the EmFinders call center. Within minutes, EmFinders activates the device, contacts the 9-1-1 system and emergency responders are sent to the location. Having the pleasure of watching this device in action, it is really that simple and that effective, and most importantly, provides peace of mind. In addition to the benefit, the fact is this product is more than affordable. The device itself ranges from $169 to $199 for the two different models, whereas the service is at a very reasonable $25 per month or $250 per year. However, cost is nothing next to the peace of mind, the comfort we have that our loved ones can be located by simply making a phone call. How can you put a price on that?
As a consumer, I find this to be a tremendous technology. I can see how this can save precious time for our first responders. The Layton City Police Department spent over 425 hours looking for missing persons from June 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011. That’s 425 hours of fear, despair and risk to our loved ones. As a dad, I see this is a way to locate my child much faster and bring him home to me. The fear of wandering shrinks as would my anxiety that the minutes may turn into hours, or days. As a father, a mother or any caregiver, who can put a price on a safe return home?
James S. Vaughan
Member – Autism Council of Utah
Families of Autism and Asperger’s Standing Together (F.A.A.S.T.)