Carlos Polanco 1 , * , Ignacio Islas Vazquez 2 , Adrian Martinez-Rivas 3 , Miguel Arias-Estrada 4 , Thomas Buhse 5 , Juan J. Calva 6 , Carlos Aguilar Salinas 7 , Claudia Pimentel Hernández 8 , Vladimir N. Uversky 9 , 10
28 September 2017
There are a growing number of small children—as well as adults—with mental disabilities (including elderly citizens with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of age-related dementia) that are getting lost in rural and urban areas for various reasons. Establishing their location within the first 72 h is crucial because lost people are exposed to all kinds of adverse conditions and in the case of the elderly, this is further aggravated if prescribed medication is needed. Herein we describe a non-invasive, low-cost electronic device that operates constantly, keeping track of time, the geographical location and the identification of the subject using it. The prototype was made using commercial low-cost electronic components. This electronic device shows high connectivity in open and closed areas and identifies the geographical location of a lost subject. We freely provide the software and technical diagrams of the prototypes.