Tech firm develops tracking device for dementia patients

A CGI of what the D-Trak will look like. Credit: Stonelin Communications

An innovative tech firm has secured funding to develop a tracking device for dementia patients.

Stonelin Communications, based in Staffordshire, is the brains behind pet tracker Pettorway, and the company are using similar technology to create D-Trak.

Worn as a wrist watch, D-Trak allows relatives and carers to monitor the whereabouts of a dementia sufferer.

Carers will be able to set a 'safety zone' for patients and if breached, an alert will be sent to their computer or smart device.

The start-up has just secured the backing of telecom giant Orange and they are also forging ahead with two other tracking devices.

They are still looking for £1m from investors interested in the 'lucrative' technological wave - estimated to be worth up to $7 trillion by 2020.