...commercially available in the U.K and Ireland this month. The Shoes , known as the Aetrex Navistar ™ GPS Shoes, will be made under license by Aetrex Worldwide, Inc., a global manufacturer and leader in comfort footwear, and will be distributed by Tipp Toes, a long-time Aetrex Worldwide distributor located in Ireland.
The Alzheimer’s Society in the U.K estimates there are 800,000 people in the U.K. and Ireland afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and are prone to wandering. Statistics show that if not found within the first 24 hours, over 50 percent may be found seriously harmed. A unique monitoring solution to help caregivers find their loved ones quickly is entering the market this month.
The patented GTX Corp technology in the Aetrex Navistar ™GPS Shoes enable the wearer to be monitored remotely, there by helping to ensure their safety, providing peace of mind to their caregivers, and reducing the cost of remote oversight. The GPS Shoes are embedded with a miniaturized proprietary module, which contains the locator’s integrated GPS / Cellular chipset and the SIM card that is unique to each wearer.
The GPS Shoes communicate via EE’s cellular network and sends location coordinates via a wireless data connection, similar to sending SMS messages on a cell phone. If the wearer of the GPS Shoes wanders outside of a pre-set location determined by the caregiver, an SMS or e -mail message will alert the caregiver instantly. The GPS Shoes have been heralded by healthcare and technology authorities around the world and is featured in the “100 Most Important Inventions of Mankind” Exhibit in the National Museum of Science and Technology in Sweden. To date, caregivers who have used the Aetrex Navistar ™GPS Shoes are saying the following:
Sylvia Lett lived in fear every time her father, wandered away from home. “The Aetrex GPS Shoes that we purchased for our father is the best investment we have made. My father has always been a sharp dresser and he loved how the shoes looked. His exact response was these shoes look rather snappy. My father can still walk 5 miles a day on a nice day. The problem is he forgets how to get back and gets lost taking different ways. The shoes have made our lives 1000 times better. Just knowing he is safe now with the GPS shoes bring me to tears of gladness.”
The Aetrex Navistar ™ GPS Shoes can make a major contribution to the worthy and socially beneficial goal of keeping seniors safe while prolonging their stay in their own homes.