In 2003, Vogtland began working with Carol Watson, director of the Missing Children Minnesota organization, to develop a system to work in parallel with Amber Alert to help promptly locate missing children and notify law enforcement. Missing Children Minnesota (MCM) is a non-for-profit group originated in the twin cities metro area, and serving the community and bordering states for over 25 years. They offer action support for parents and families dealing with a missing child or vulnerable adult. They provide educational materials, and serve as an interface between the family and law enforcement, expediting the locating and return of the missing.
Amber Alert is a high profile system and has been used effectively for many years, but its mechanisms for information sharing are limited, and its governing policies prevent it from being used for nearly 90% of the actual missing persons reported each year. Code Blue: Alert!
removes such limitations, and uses email, telephone, and wireless communications to contact an ad hoc network of participating volunteer individuals - alerting them nearly-immediately of a missing or abducted child or vulnerable adult. Code Blue:Alert!
has gone through several embodiments in the past few years, with prototype systems built and evaluated for their strengths and weaknesses. The original prototype was built using Microsoft's popular Sharepoint Portal serve, and the latest implementation is being prototyped using a simplified newsletter and client notification system from Tandem Server.
More information about MCM and Code Blue:Alert! can be found at the MCM web site www.missingchildrenmn.org
, or by contacting Carol Watson, the MCM director at email@example.com