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Tech firm develops tracking device for dementia patients

A CGI of what the D-Trak will look like. Photo: 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.

Steven Stone, business partner. Credit: Stonelin Communications

The Orange experience in GPS tracking, ioT [internet of things] connectivity and connected device data support has been invaluable in the development of our tracking products and will ensure they realise their full potential.

Our aim now at Stonelin Communications is to design, develop and manufacture these three electronic devices to capture useful data from the outside world and process this data into a useful format.

– Steven Stone

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.

We are proud to support Stonelin with their innovative tracking technology.

As a global provider, we can support them with accurate and wide scale ioT coverage.

– Helmut Reisinger, executive vice president, International at Orange Business Services