The technology allows police to obtain details of a person’s local city hall, along with contact telephone numbers and personal details
A company in Tokyo, developed tiny nail stickers, each of which carries a unique identity number to help concerned families find missing loved ones, according to the city’s social welfare office.
The adhesive QR-coded seals for nails, part of a free service launched this month and a first in Japan, measure just one centimetre in size.
Japan is facing an ageing population, with more than a quarter of its citizens aged 65 or over, and set to increase to 40% by 2055, with the population expected to shrink from the current 127 million to 90 million.
A series of deadly accidents involving elderly drivers – is a growing problem in a country where 4.8 million people aged 75 or older hold a driving licence.
Benefits claimed for Dementia patients
Dementia seniors, who have reduced cognitive abilities, are likely to get lost, and may not be able to remember their way home. To help keep track of those prone to be lost or otherwise helpless, Japan, has introduced a new tagging system for members of the public at risk of getting lost.
A company near Tokyo, has developed 1cm (0.4in) square stickers that hold an address, telephone number and unique identity number for each user.
The initiative, which uses a system of QR codes, was set up to help reunite family members with their elderly loved ones in the event that they go missing, according welfare officers.
The technology allows police to obtain details of a person’s local city hall, along with contact telephone numbers and personal details, simply by scanning the code. “There are already ID stickers for clothes or shoes but dementia patients are not always wearing those items.”
The water-resistant stickers, which remain attached for an average of two weeks, can be more discreet than other items such as badges as they can be attached to toenails and worn beneath socks.
A city’s social welfare office using QR code nail stickers remarked; “Attaching the seals on nails is a great advantage”