Robert Monk of the Berkshire panel is asking for help with the following please.
We have been asked to help the parents of 16 yr old with Downs Syndrome and autism who needs 24 hr supervision. He has the habit of leaving the house on his own and his parents want some way of knowing when he is leaving home.
I have suggested 2 options:
1 – A perimeter alarm system like a burglar alarm or shop door warning with sensors on each external door. https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/burglar-alarms-and-home-security/article/burglar-alarms-and-home-security/burglar-alarms
Pros: Does not need the client to carry a transponder
Cons: Cannot discriminate between client and others, so others will have to remember to suppress the alarm each time they pass the perimeter (father works nights, so returns at odd hours). Loud and indiscreet, neighbours will know what is happening, unless we use a system that sends a message to a smartphone. Once he has left home, there is no way of tracking him.
2 – A GPS location tracker that advises the parents when the client leaves a pre-defined area by calling their mobile. http://www.dlf-data.org.uk/products.php?groupid=3020&sortname
Pros: Can be used anywhere, at home, visiting friends, in the park, Disneyworld, etc. Discreet alarm on smartphone.
Cons: parents believe the client will be reluctant to carry a transponder at all times.
Any better ideas would be appreciated.