Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ngee Ann Polytechnic students develop "The Personal Tracker"

Ngee Ann Polytechnic students develop "The Personal Tracker": Four Ngee Ann Polytechnic students have devised a mobile phone application that is able to track one's whereabouts in real time.

Called the "The Personal Tracker", the application is the work of the polytechnic's final-year information technology students.

It has been piloted by one healthcare service provider to keep track of its elderly clients.

63-year-old Chey Yat Hoe, a self-confessed technophile, was one of the first to get his hands on The Personal Tracker.

He tested the tracker as part of a pilot study facilitated by Econ Healthcare, a health services provider at Golden Jasmine where Chey resides.

He said: "It's very easy because it's light, and you just key a few digits, and you are able to call, get the application up. My wife and my son straight away know where I am.

"So even if I go out, my wife will know where I am, whether it's in a taxi or in a shopping centre."

On whether a tracking system invades his privacy, Chey said: "It's a small price to pay for one's safety.

The Environmental & Water Technology Centre of Innovation (EWTCOI) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic has secured S$10.3 million in funding to enhance its researchers' capability to work on industry projects in the next three years.
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