Tech for the Missing

We’ve probably all received an Amber Alert on our mobile device at one point. And it is amazing how that technology has helped so many families in a short amount of time. But there is so much more being done for missing children than you realize?

In 2018 the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) announced the launch of the GMCNgine, a global platform to help find missing and abducted children. This technology combines artificial intelligence and digital advertising technology to help locate missing children.

The platform uses geo-targeting and dynamic ad insertion to get missing children alerts in front of the right communities at critical times. Meanwhile, machine learning and artificial intelligence models work around the clock to scour millions of images on the dark and clear web for matches or photos resembling the images of missing children, making it easier for law enforcement and non-governmental organizations to form new case leads and ultimately bring missing children home.

ICMEC is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to make the GMCNgine a reality. GMCNgine uses Amazon Rekognition, an image and video analysis tool, to detect, analyze, and compare faces in imagery associated with open cases about missing children. In addition, technology partners like FIA, Web-IQ, First Factory, and Biometrica are providing critical services and round out the core team.

Today the ICMEC has grown to 34 member organizations and non-governmental organizations in 30 countries. For more information about the GMCN or to make a difference, please go to the ICMEC website below

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

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