MCM's Code Blue: Alert!

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, or by contacting Carol Watson, the MCM director at

A list of some of the specific projects to which Vogtland staff have contributed includes:

Whereabouts? - Fleet Tracking GIS/GPS System - American Map Corporation

Virtual Home Tours at the Mill Creek Development- Shodeen Developers

Insect Pest Detection Using Chemical Sensors- Terminix Corporation

Atmospheric Visualization Collection - National Science Foundation National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Grant

Visual Tornado Detection - NSF and USDA

Meth-lab Detection Network - NIJ

Breath Ammonia Monitoring for Early Health Diagnostics U.S. Air Force (Phase I STTR)

Content Management System Enterprise Deployment - NICOR, Incorporated

Digital Archaeological Excavation Library Featuring Tell el-Hesi - NSF

Hydro-pneumatic Suspension Unit Charge Prediction and Optimization for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle [Expert System for Mechanical Modeling] - General Dynamics Land Systems for U.S. Marine Corp. (Phase I SBIR)

Hypergolic Missile Propellant Leak Detection U.S. Navy (Phase I SBIR)

Code Blue: Alert! -
Missing Children Minnesota

Shield Door Engineering Study for Savannah River Site U.S. DOE (Private R&D for Curtiss Wright Flow Control Corporation)

Enterprise Deployment of SharePoint 2007 Technologies - The Kellogg Foundation

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Custom Web Development - CEI

Insect and Rodent Infestation Monitoring - (Private commercial partner R&D)

Automated Stand-Alone Chemical Threat Detector
- U.S. DoD Special Operations Command (USSOCOM Phase I and II SBIR)

Automotive Emissions NOX Sensor
- U.S. DOE (Phase I and II FreedomCar Program)

Stand-alone Real-time Biological Agent Threat Detector
- USSOCOM (Phase I and II SBIR)

Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Sensor and Control System
- (Congressional Plus Up Grant, National Institutes of Health)

Breath Ammonia Sensor NIH (Phase I SBIR)

Global Deployment of SharePoint 2007 Portal Technologies - OfficeMax, Inc.

Enterprise/Global Deployment of SharePoint 2007 Technologies - Baker & McKenzie global law firm