City-based technology developer steps onto the national stage

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Technology invented in Sheffield is going on show to a nationwide TV audience.

Brightside Lane-based Practical Control has developed sophisticated wireless technology that can be used to track people and objects over short distances.

Applications include tracking children and dementia sufferers and detecting thefts.

Now, Practical Control’s cutting edge technology is to be featured on the Channel 5 programme, The Gadget Show, early in November.

Practical Control’s managing director, Ed Holdsworth, who describes the firm’s products as ‘intricate but breathtakingly effective’ said: “It’s a true thrill to be given national television exposure for all our hard work.

“Our novel technology uses various radio frequencies that work from small distances up to 30 metres and allows people to track objects and detect when they are moving or missing.

“We believe these designs are a first for Sheffield, South Yorkshire and the UK.”

Applications for the technology range from alerting parents when young children wander off in shopping centres and tracking dementia sufferers, to tracking stolen laptops and preventing data theft.

Practical Control has expertise in high speed data acquisition, feedback control, still image and video digitising, image processing and data storage and transmission, particularly for more demanding applications and environments.

Customers include the nuclear, water, offshore and leisure industries. The company has experience in the fields of telecare and telehealth which has applications in the health sector.

The firm’s electronic developments for assisted living are currently helping more than a million elderly residents in Europe and North America.