“At the end of 2003, there were several reports of tragic disappearances of Alzheimer’s patients. For this reason, while studying telecommunications engineering at the University of Seville, we decided to research and develop miniaturized pagers that would help people at high risk of loss,” recalls Abilio Caetano, who launched the market in June 2005 with Francisca García , with an investment of 20,000 euros, Location Systems Vision.
“We have developed a pager, protected by international patents, called Keruve. It consists of a watch worn by the person with Alzheimer’s and a receiver owned by the family. At the push of a button, the receiver’s screen positions the watch wearer on a map. In this way direct and effective localization is achieved, without intermediaries or control centers,” he emphasizes. Since 2008, the company has been based in the Cartuja 93 Science and Technology Park. And thanks to its own resources, awards (a dozen were received for innovation and entrepreneurship), several credit lines and incentives for I + D has been able to invest 453,000 euros so far. For the first marketing year (2008) 150,000 euros were billed. 2009 300,000. And sales forecasts are 500,000 in 2010 and 2.5 million in 2011. “Our level of innovation is so high that we are asking for orders from the United States, Italy, Germany, Finland, France or even Australia.”