Disabilities body condemns electronic tagging scheme

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Places for People, one of the UK’s biggest housing and regeneration groups plans to pilot an electronic tagging system that allows frail older people to locate family and carers in times of crisis. The trial has been strongly criticised by the UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC). The system, called Sazo, resembles a mobile phone and uses Global Positioning System technology (GPS) to locate people anywhere in the UK to an accuracy of five metres. Worn around the neck, users are able to alert family members or carers to their location by pressing any one of three buttons which correspond to pre-set telephone numbers. Their location can then be accessed via the internet or any web-enabled mobile. It is understood that the Sazo system will not allow the tagged individuals to be tracked, as is the case with criminal justice applications of similar technology. Places for People will pilot the device at Grace Court, a high-tech housing scheme in the North East which is designed to help people with learning diff

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