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3.27.08

Lifewatch: GPS

WILMINGTON -- Tracking devices are used for more than just people on house arrest.  Now, they have a medical use that's growing in popularity.

Thirty-eight states, including North Carolina, are part of "Project Lifesaver," a monitoring system that helps keep track of everyone from Alzheimer's patients to kids with Down Syndrome.

The little bracelet is helping one mother have some peace of mind.

Monica Bice worries about Jade, her 4 year old daughter.  She's concerned about her mental development and her health.

Doctors diagnosed Jade with Autism when she was 22 months old.  And like lots of children, Jade is very active.

"Is that something that you do worry about with her? Oh yeah. She's on the move? That and we and we just recently moved across from a park," said Bice, who uses Project Lifesaver.

Bice isn't worried her daughter will get lost, because Jade wears a GPS bracelet around her ankle.

Law enforcement could find Jade within minutes if she were missing.  They simply have to use the number from her device.

"They have an average rescue time of less than 30 minutes and a 100% recovery rate," said Bice.

Bice paid $300 for the bracelet, and another $100 a year for the service.

She said it's an added protection for those who can't always protect themselves.

Project Lifesaver officials said the bracelets have helped with more than a thousand successful search and rescue missions.

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Reported by Kristy Ondo

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