If you are interested in enrolling a friend or loved one in the program, and know of a Project Lifesaver member agency in your area, please contact the PLS member agency directly as they will have the most up-to-date pricing information for enrolling your loved one.
To find the PLS agency nearest you, click on “Where We Are Page” on our home page.
The PLS member agency that serves your area can discuss enrollment choices with you and help you decide on the best plan to meet the unique needs of your family and loved one.
PLS member agencies are the best source for information regarding program choices in your area.
CHOICE 1: TRANSMITTER OPTIONS PROGRAM
Many PLS member agencies offer enrollment options to their clients.
OPTION 1:The first enrollment option is to enroll directly through the local PLS member agency. The PLS agency will assign a transmitter to the client, and the PLS agency will monitor and perform transmitter maintenance.Agencies are solely responsible for all financial transactions with PLI for all aspects of the program. Direct enrollment costs vary from agency to agency; therefore, we encourage caregivers to contact their PLS agency directly for more information.
Some PLS member agencies may choose to enroll clients under Option 2 or Option 3. These options allow PLS agencies flexibility for those circumstances when direct enrollment is not available.
OPTION 2: The second enrollment option allows caregivers to lease a transmitter directly from Project Lifesaver International Operations. When an agency enrolls a client under Option 2, the caregiver pays the lease and maintenance costs directly to PLI Operations. The PLS member agency with which the client is enrolled will receive equipment from PLI Operations for placement. The PLS agency will perform battery changes and periodic maintenance. Information will be relayed to the local PLS member agency for entry into the PLS database.
OPTION 3: The third enrollment option allows caregivers to lease a transmitter directly from Project Lifesaver International Operations. When an agency enrolls a client under Option 3, the caregiver pays the lease and maintenance costs directly to PLI Operations. The caregiver will receive the equipment from PLI operations for placement. The caregiver will perform battery changes and periodic maintenance. Information will be relayed to the local PLS member agency for entry into the PLI database.
PLI Operations offers a choice of payment arrangements for caregivers using Option 2 or Option 3. Leases may be automatically renewed for continued peace of mind.
PLS member agencies can mix and match these options to create customized plans for their clients as well as to comply with the guidelines of their local jurisdictions.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
- If your PLS member agency recommends enrolling directly with them, follow the steps as outlined by the PLS agency.
- If yourPLS member agency recommends leasing a transmitter from Project Lifesaver International Operations using Option 2 or Option 3, please contact our Transmitter Options Coordinator, Annette Stovall, at 757-546-5502 to request an enrollment packet. Please provide the name of the PLS member agency that authorized enrollment in Option 2 or Option 3.
- Upon confirmation by your PLS member agency, an enrollment packet will be sent to you.
- Return the completed packet to the PLI Operations office.
- Once your enrollment packet is processed, your transmitter kit will be shipped.
CHOICE 2: NEW! THE PLI-1000 PERSONAL LOCATOR SYSTEM
The PLI-1000 Personal Locator System is the newest radio frequency based tracking system that is available to member agencies and to caregivers of loved ones who are prone to wandering. This is the same proven technology that our membership uses, now available to the public.
The PLI-1000 Personal Locator System includes:
- One PLI-1000 custom-programmed receiver with an attached Yagi antenna
- One nylon carry case
- One pre-preset 216 MHz 60 day transmitter with oval case
- One 9V receiver battery
- Six transmitter batteries
- Six transmitter bands
- One transmitter tester
- Instructional guide
This radio frequency-based tracking system comes complete with everything you need to search and track your loved one should a wandering event occur. It is easy to use and to set up.
The PLI-1000 Personal Locator System does not require charging and does not depend upon cellular service or other outside providers for operation.There are no subscription fees.
The PLI-1000 Personal Locator System is portable. It is lightweight and the convenient carrying case allows quick and easy access. With the PLI-1000 Personal Locator System, you will be able to provide your loved one with protection not only when close to home, but also while traveling.
HOW DO I ORDER MY PLI-1000 PERSONAL LOCATOR SYSTEM?
The PLI-1000 is available to the public through our Project Lifesaver store. Simply navigate to “PLI Shop and More”and select “PLI Product” to place your order online.
Project Lifesaver member agencies can place orders directly through our PLS database.
For more information about the PLI-1000 Personal Locator System, please contact
Annette Stovall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (757) 546-5502.
Choice 3: (Protect and Locate)
Whether you live in a Project Lifesaver covered area or a Non- Project Lifesaver area, we now have a new solution for you! The solution is PAL which is a new division or Project Lifesaver. For more information on PAL visit http://www.projectlifesaver.org/Pal-info/.
For more information on PAL, please contact Loretta Gagliardo by email at email@example.com
or call 772-446-1275.
PLEASE NOTE: For any of the choices above, costs can vary – please contact your local agency for specific costs. Some agencies participate in grant programs and may be able to provide services at discounted rates or at no charge. There are also a number of funding sources for this technology that may help families receive financial support.
HOW CAN YOU BRING PROJECT LIFESAVER TO YOUR AREA?
If you are interested in enrolling someone in the program and do not know of a Project Lifesaver member agency in your area, or if there is no agency located on the map for your area, please contact your local law enforcement, fire, and public safety organizations to ask them to bring the Project Lifesaver program to your area. We can provide you with information to share with them for consideration. To learn more about bringing Project Lifesaver to your area, please complete a “Contact Me Form” with “Bring PLS To My Area” as the topic.
PLI Tech Statement
Project Lifesaver has been addressing the elopement issue in the special needs community for nearly 20 years. Before you jump into some technology pushed by fear, do your research. Learn its good and bad points. Ask questions and understand the limitations of the technology!
Technology is an important part of the solution. However, it is only part of the solution. The solution to this growing health and safety issue includes the most effective and reliable technology for this specific application along with a comprehensive certified special needs training program for law enforcement and other first responders. The training program includes special needs search and rescue, the use of locating technology as an aide, and an understanding of the conditions, patterns, and behaviors of the populations they will be recovering.
By having a national comprehensive compatible program, when families move or travel city to city or state to state, their equipment and the search notification/procedures will remain the same. Also, bordering cities, counties, and communities will be in a position to support each other during a search and rescue operation.
Here is a brief review of the most commonly used locating technologies for individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering including radio frequency (RF), Global Positioning System (GPS), and Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS), locating technologies used to find special needs individuals who have wander have advantages and disadvantages associated with each system’s technology.
Radio Frequency (RF) RF technology is typically used by law enforcement and first responder agencies but is also available to individual caregivers. RF locating technology includes an RF transmitter worn by the individual who is prone to wandering and an antenna which receives signals from the transmitter. The major advantage to RF technology is the accuracy of signal and the strength of the signal which is only minimally diminished by physical obstructions, if the individual is in a building, or by weather conditions. Additionally, the signal is detectable by both ground and air assets. The average rescue time for locating a missing individual using this method has been 30 minutes.
Global Positioning System (GPS) The advantage of GPS is that well-designed GPS receivers have been achieving horizontal accuracy of 3 meters or better and vertical accuracy of 5 meters or better 95 percent of the time.
The disadvantages of using GPS are a high demand for battery power and the fact that the receiver needs a clear path to the satellites to accurately process the signals. Environmental shielding, such as from buildings and extremely dense foliage, can impact the accuracy and even interrupt a tracking. Therefore, when using a GPS tracking device, it is often difficult to detect a wanderer who is indoors. If using a standalone GPS system, the time to establish the initial location is longer than when using A-GPS.
Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) A-GPS is a handset-based system. The device utilizes the cellular base stations to receive timing and positioning signals from the satellites. The transmitter sends the necessary data to the mobile receivers designed into the locating devices. Because the cellular network is being used, device performance inside and outside of large buildings is much improved over regular GPS locator systems. The advantages of using A-GPS are that the wandering individual can be located on a map over the Internet and the map can be accessed using a smart phone or a computer. Locator device designs are small and can be worn as a watch or placed in the sole of a shoe A-GPS is accurate within 50 meters when used inside buildings and 15 meters outside.
The disadvantage of using A-GPS is that if the wandering individual is in an area with low cell phone coverage, then the location of that individual may become intermittent, causing the rescue to become more challenging. A monthly fee is charged when the device requires cellular service for sending alert emails and text messages.