Morgantown, WV (PRWEB) February 21, 2006
SecurLinx Corporation announced today that it has been selected to provide biometric software and database management services to the West Virginia High Technology Foundation and the AmberView program designed to aid in the recovery of missing or abducted children. The project will add facial images in 2-D and 3-D to the state Amber Alert System. SecurLinx will provide services through September 2006 aimed primarily at linking a biometric database to remote wireless devices.
“A child is reported missing every 40 seconds in the U.S.,” according to AmberView Program Manager Robert Chico. “ten are murdered each month, most within three hours of their abduction. At the same time, existing Amber Alert child recovery networks, mostly organized at the state level, have no access to facial images of children. Three hours can come and go before a photograph from the parents is available to law enforcement.”
SecurLinx will supply its IdentiTrac® Photo Management System as the biometric platform that will manage digital photographs supplied with parental consent through the annual picture-taking process at participating schools. “This process will allow the West Virginia Amber Alert coordinator to transmit visual images of missing children along with the traditional text information to a broad variety of end users,” stated Barry Hodge, CEO of SecurLinx. “More people on the lookout for these children will increase the probability of returning them safely.”
AmberView is funded by a federal allocation of approximately $1 million secured by Congressman Alan B. Mollohan through the U.S. Department of Justice. Currently in Phase II development, the project is expected to receive additional funding for Phase III.
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