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The Identification Mobile App fills a need for technology that quickly identifies vulnerable people, especially those suffering from dementia.
The App alleviates loved ones’ concerns by allowing them to register their information for quick identification by emergency services.
When emergency services find a vulnerable person who is confused and unidentifiable, a simple scan of the face with the phone camera searches the database for a match through facial recognition.
People with dementia are more likely to go missing in areas where road networks are dense, complicated and disordered.
Around 40,000 people with dementia go missing for the first time every year in the UK – this figure is likely to grow with the projected increase in dementia.
Unfortunately, the first event when people with dementia go missing comes entirely out of the blue, when doing such routine activities as going for a walk with the dog or getting the newspaper from the local shop.
The app is designed to be as simple to use as possible. However, with the vulnerable person’s permission, contactable details such as an address, next of kin, and doctors’ surgery can be added.
Once the account is active, they are live on the app. Should at some time the vulnerable person be in need, the emergency services can quickly identify them using the app to recognise their face and return contact details.
The App is built to aid two types of users. The first is for the emergency services, which allows them to identify people and get them the help they need quickly.
The next is for the public who come across a vulnerable person and need to help identify them and contact the relevant emergency services.
When a person with dementia goes missing, it can have life-threatening consequences. But very little is known about what actually causes people with dementia to go missing.