Somerset County to use drones to find missing children with disabilities and Alzheimer's patients

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office will soon begin to use drone technology to find missing at-risk people.



The department has teamed with the Project Lifesaver program for the new initiative. 



Children with developmental disorders and adults with Alzheimer's disease are given wristbands, which are linked to an antenna on the drone. The drone is then able to track the person if they go missing.



"When we get the drone up in the air, the reception will be anywhere from 3 to 3 1/2 miles," says Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano. "We have a search and rescue team on the ground, they pick up a signal a mile or a mile and a half off a bracelet."



The Somerset County Sheriff's Office is one of the first in the nation to receive this technology.


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