PAL – Protect and Locate

PAL Unit

What is PAL - Protect and Locate?

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PAL – Protect and Locate is a GPS-enabled locating device that looks and functions as a digital sports watch with the capability to locate your loved one in the event of elopement. After undergoing rigorous testing, PAL was added to the Project Lifesaver arsenal in an effort to meet the needs of potential clients, as well as provide a reliable safety device to those not located in a Project Lifesaver service area.

How Does the PAL GPS Locator Work?

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The functionality of PAL is two-fold: wandering detection & location.

Each PAL device is paired with a portable receiver which can be configured to be the center of a geofence, or safety zone, that extends to a specified radius around the receiver. When a client who is wearing the device breaches the geofence, an alert is sent to the receiver as well as the online portal that a wandering incident has occurred, enabling the caregiver to respond in a more timely fashion. The alert will include the last detected address of the device, but the caregiver also has the option to log on to the online portal and activate live-track mode, which will provide regular location updates in 2-30 minute intervals depending on the settings configured by the caregiver.

Some caregivers may choose to utilize this device for their loved ones who are higher functioning & able to venture on their own more. In such a circumstance, the find and live-track features can be used to help a caregiver stay updated on the location of their loved one. In the same instance, the watch also has a panic feature, which the wearer can utilize in times of distress to alert the caregiver of their location, so they can respond.

Discover more about PAL:

How long does the device need to charge?

After the initial charge, it will take the PAL about 1.5 hours to fully charge for use.

Is the watch waterproof?

No, though it is water resistant. Your loved one should have no difficulties wearing it in the rain or while routinely washing their hands; however, we do not recommend that the watch be submerged in water for any length of time. 

What is the battery life?

In proximity to the receiver, the watch can achieve a battery life of up to 30 days. While in the GSM function, the battery can maintain life between 24-48 hours, depending on use. Using live-track mode decreases the battery life significantly. Please note that the device does have a low battery indicator and you have the option to configure alerts on the online portal. 

What is the range for this device?

PAL uses both RF and GSM technology to communicate position data. When within range of the receiver, the watch will utilize its RF capabilities to communicate its position. The caregiver can configure the desired range (low, medium, or high) on the receiver; this will allow for ranges from 30 to 300 feet. 

When the watch is outside of the receivers range, it will switch to GSM functionality. In this function, the watch is capable of receiving and transmitting position data via the live-track and “WRU” features. 

 

Can I purchase a second receiver to extend the range of the device?

Project Lifesaver currently does not offer this option, but a second receiver can be purchased through Lok8u. 

What prevents the wearer from removing this device?

The PAL features a secured strap with a special locking mechanism that can only be released with the tool provided with the unit. 

Can I purchase an additional unlocking tool?

Yes, we do have additional unlocking tools available for purchase. Please contact our Special Projects Division for more details.

Who is the service provider?

PAL runs off of the AT&T cellular network in the US and the Rogers Phone System in Canada, so we would advise you to check the availability of the network in your region before purchasing. Project Lifesaver will not be liable for a device that does not function properly due to disruptions in connection. 

Service is provided through Lok8u, the manufacturer of the device. Please contact them at 1-888-423-1887 to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Can this device connect to my cell phone?

No, PAL does not have the capability to connect to a cellphone. However, you can access the online portal on any device capable of accessing the internet and you can also configure the device to send alerts via SMS and email. 

Does the watch come in different sizes or colors?

No, currently Project Lifesaver only offers the one option.

Can PAL be used in a classroom or institutional setting?

Yes.

Will this device work if I reside in a range with poor cellular coverage?

Likely not. We strongly advise you to check the coverage in your region before purchasing this device. Project Lifesaver will not be liable for a device that does not function properly due to disruptions in connection. 

Is the receiver portable?

Yes, the receiver is portable. However, the caregiver has the option to leave the receiver at a fixed position should they choose, but similar in size to a smartphone, the receiver is easily carried on the go. 

What are the differences between GSM, GPS, and RF technologies?

We ask that you please refer to our Tech Statement.

Specifications:

  • LCD Digital Display
  • Dimensions: 1⅜ x 1⅜ x 1½
  • 12-Hour Digital Clock Display
  • 9-foot Accuracy
  • 30-Day Battery Life
  • Secured, Lockable Strap
  • Water Resistant
  • GPRS Communication
  • Online Portal & Configuration
  • Audible & Visual Alerts
  • SMS and Email Notifications
  • Live Track
  • Address Display
  • Panic Button
  • Configured Geofences
  • Encrypted Data Sharing

Is PAL the right option to best protect my loved one?

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Each individual has different needs and capabilities, so with the number of factors involved, there is no definite answer we can provide to you. Please take into consideration the functionality of the device in comparison to your individual circumstances. If you have concerns about the device it may be best to consult with the Project Lifesaver team to address your concerns or to discuss other enrollment options available.

Can PAL be utilized by caregivers who reside in Project Lifesaver service areas?

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Due to the limitations of GPS, it is preferred that caregivers enroll their loved ones in a local program and use RF technology where available, but the PAL can be used in any region that cellular service permits. However, if you live in an area where the Project Lifesaver program is offered, it is strongly recommended that you contact your local agency to discuss your enrollment options before making any decisions.

For more information about the PAL Protect and Locate, please contact our Special Projects Division at  772-446-1275.