Project Lifesaver PEI clients program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify Police that the person is missing, in addition to regular Police resources, Project Lifesaver PEI’s emergency response agency, PEI Ground Search & Rescue respond to the area where the lost person was last seen and searches the area with a mobile location tracking system. The Project Lifesaver wristband is a one ounce, battery-operated wrist transmitter emitting an FM radio frequency-based signal that emits a signal every second, 24 hours a day.
The signal can be tracked on the ground for approximately 1.5 km or in the air over several kilometres. New transmitters are now available that may double the transmission range compared to previous versions. As each wristband has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver team can positively locate and identify the person who has wandered away from home using portable directional antennae to locate the signal.
This program operates as a non-profit and works within a cost recovery framework. The cost of the equipment is $445 at initial enrolment, which covers the cost of the bracelet. Moving forward, there is an additional monthly fee of $25 for the replacement of the battery and bracelet and to cover administration costs for the program. If Project Lifesaver received sponsorship from other organizations, fees will be reduced accordingly.