Semtech Corporation, a supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Lineable, a Seoul-based startup manufacturer of GPS trackers, has integrated LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) in its new wearable safety device, Silver.
Lineable’s Silver device, co-developed by the National Police Agency of Korea, SK Telecom and SK Hynix, is specifically designed for patients with Alzheimer’s. Through a hybrid GPS system, caregivers are notified when patients leave the house or out of the designated safe zone. Many patients are not constantly monitored by a supervisor, and in Korea, about 10,000 Alzheimer patients go missing each year.
Silver is currently being used by the police in Korea and the police plan to distribute 3,000 devices each year to Alzheimer patients, free of charge. During its first month of service in October 2017, the Silver device helped save six patients and in three months, it helped save 20 more patients.
“The Lineable LoRa-based device provides a universal solution for tracking Alzheimer patients at a low cost due to its low battery consumption and wide network coverage,” said Harris Shim, head of Business Operations at Lineable.
“SK Telecom has created the first nationwide LoRaWAN network and Lineable is one of the first companies to develop a solution that leverages Semtech’s LoRa Technology to track people’s location.”
“Lineable’s Silver wearable technology has already seen early success in Korea by being able to locate Alzheimer patients in real-time,” said Vivek Mohan, director of wireless and sensing products group at Semtech. “The LoRa-based device is able help the community and its police force by providing a technology that gives families peace of mind.”