LifeLynx Launches New Child Safety Technology in Ohio - Device Helps Speed Up the Search for Missing Kids

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Life Lynx has developed a new child safety tool that can alert the authorities of a missing child in seconds. This alert will include a recent picture, which is the most important piece of data that the authorites need to do their job effectively and bring the child to safety.

On September 11, Powell, Ohio became the first city in America to pilot an innovative new child safety technology known as the LifeLynx Child Safety Key. The Powell Police Department hosted a Child Safety Event in cooperation with software and hardware developers LifeLynx, in order to demonstrate how the LifeLynx Child Safety Key works to provide police and other authorities with almost instant access to photos and other critical information about missing children. More than 120 families attended and data was gathered and uploaded for over 200 children from Powell.

“In the case of a missing child, the most important piece of information to any law enforcement professional is a recent picture of that child so we can distribute it quickly,” said Chief Gary Vest, Powell Police Department. “The LifeLynx product does just that. We ran a test with our Armada software in our cruisers, and the scenario went flawlessly. If a child is discovered missing in Powell, the parent hands an officer the LifeLynx digital device and in a matter of seconds the officer can open up the Child Safety Key software, submit a missing child report, and get that child’s picture and other important data to every cruiser in Powell.”

The LifeLynx Child Safety Key is a digital storage device that houses proprietary software. The software is easy to use, and walks a parent through the process of inputting 21 data points that have been determined critical by the authorities in the event of a missing child. The information contained within the Child Safety Key includes age, height, weight, address, and recent front and profile pictures. Through many interviews with law enforcement professionals it was determined that the profile picture is critical. If a child has been abducted by car, a police officer may only have a side view of the child.

“When a child is missing, the most important tool for the authorities conducting the search is to get a recent picture out as quickly as possible,” said Andy Haag, vice president, LifeLynx. “The LifeLynx software has the ability to submit the data instantly, including photos, to our server. At that point, any person with internet access can get that data including the picture of that child creating a quick link between the parents and the authorities to help find that child quickly and safely."

In the case of Powell, all of the police cruisers are equipped with Windows 2000 Mobile PC’s running Armada iLincs Software. Powell officers have the ability to insert the LifeLynx Child Safety Key into any police cruiser and instantly post that child’s picture to their network. By linking the LifeLynx server with Armada’s iLincs software, that picture could be in over 14 other communities with a list of many additional communities in the near future. In addition, any vehicle or device with Internet access, including a cell phone, pager, or PDA, could have that picture. This is all possible within minutes, even seconds from the abduction. In the event of an Amber Alert, the media will now be able to access the picture instantly.

About LifeLynx

LifeLynx is a software and hardware development company based out of Springboro, Ohio. The company was formed in 2004 and its first product is the LifeLynx Child Safety Key, launched September 11, 2004 in Powell, Ohio. The LifeLynx Child Safety Key is a digital device that brings the child ID kit into the 21st century, electronically storing a child’s photos and other information in a keychain format that is easy for parents or guardians to keep with them at all times. The software also allows the parent to update and print a Wallet ID Card and Child Rescue Card as often as desired.    For more information about LifeLynx company founders Eric Wilms and Andy Haag, or about the LifeLynx Child Safety Key, contact 937/748-0767 or visit http://www.lifelynx.net

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