ATTracT – Autism Trigger, Tracking and Trace
Dr Noordin Ahmad, Ooi Wei Han, Shahrizal Ide Moslin, Helmi Kadir, Norhan Mat Yusoff, Muhammad Firdaus Mat Ghani
Every year, approximately 9,000 children in Malaysia are born with autism. Children with autism face challenges in terms of their communication skill, tendency to wander, and lack of safety awareness. The main idea of ATTracT is to develop a system that uses GNSS-enabled devices tailored to the needs of autistic children who have a propensity to wander. Parents will be provided with a system they can use on their mobile phones to track and monitor their children in real-time. The aim is to set up a defined movement zone (with virtual boundaries) that will be activated according to a daily schedule. Alerts will be sent immediately to parents’ smartphones if their child crosses a virtual boundary, and ATTracT can also store corresponding movement histories. In addition to mobile devices, a real-time monitoring system will also be set up to help schools or autism rehabilitation centres track the movement of the children under their supervision at the same time. The system will thus provide parents and autism centres with an effective and reliable method of monitoring children with autism.