Wherify and Telbios provide voice and GPS location for Italian elderly

Redwood Shores 14 August 2006Wherify Wireless Inc., a developer of patented wireless location solutions and services for family safety and communications, is shipping Wherifone GSM/GPS locator phones to Telbios, a joint venture of Telecom Italia, San Raffaele Institute, Telespazio and Value Partners, to support Telbios' new "Merlino" elderly care telemedicine service. Wherify will also provide related location management and localization support for the Telbios service.


"We are committed to bringing our customers the latest technologies and services. Our new Wherify-enabled services aim to offer enhanced peace of mind, cost savings, and increased quality of life for our customers", stated Leopoldo Genovesi, CEO of Telbios.

"Wherify's technology and the Wherifone provide us with a real time GPS location capability and a link to Telbios' 24 x 7 Service Center that will allow specialized professionals to take appropriate action in case of a medical alert or personal emergency", stated Andrea Mason, CTO of Telbios. "Merlino - La salute sul telefonino - that's the name of the service, enables the Service Center to immediately locate the user and arrange assistance."

"We're very pleased to support Telbios's innovative Merlino service which includes personal and medical emergency services for the elderly", stated Bill Scigliano, president of government services at Wherify. "There is an increasing population of the elderly living in rural and remote areas that may not have daily contact with care providers or family. Wherify's Wherifone location solution can enhance Telbios' ability to more closely monitor and provide responsive services for the elderly under their care in Italy and other markets."

The Wherifone is the world's first GSM/GPS locator cell phone designed for children and seniors. The two-way cell phone has built-in Aided-GPS location and "managed dial" features that allow family and care providers to quickly locate and communicate with their elderly patients and relatives.

Wherify Wireless Inc. is a pioneering developer of personal location products and services, as recognized by the Smithsonian Institution Museum's adoption of Wherify Wireless' groundbreaking first product, the Child Locator, into permanent display as the world's first commercial personal GPS tracking device. With three United States patents granted in the areas of personal location and position tracking and four more patents pending in the area of GPS locator phones, Wherify Wireless continues to be an expert in location technology development by integrating Aided-GPS location into a GSM cellular platform that has been demonstrated on over 100 GSM networks world-wide. Wherify Wireless' expertise in GPS technology for wireless devices and its patented back-end location service engine enable customers to obtain real-time location information on individuals and property directly through the Internet or any phone. Wherify Wireless was founded in 1998, and is located in Redwood Shores, California.

Telbios is a major company in the Italian telemedicine market, providing services devoted to health care and patient care, with customer oriented solutions. Thanks to the experience and technological competence it has developed, Telbios operates in three distinct areas: telemedicine and homecare services - Telecardiology, Telemonitoring, Teleassistance, telemedicine networks and e-learning services. Telbios prides itself on the expertise and collaboration of its shareholders, all of whom are leaders in their relevant business areas: Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Telespazio, Telecom Italia and Value Partners. Telbios makes considerable investments in R&D, co-operating with the European Space Agency (ESA) on its projects. More information is available in the VMW August 2006 article Global home care products provider Aerotel Medical Systems forms alliance with Italian telemedicine services provider Telbios.

Leslie Versweyveld

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