The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) got the go-ahead from Apple to distribute an Amber Alert app for the iPhone, that will provide real-time active AMBER alerts including victim
and suspect photos and information.
The app will also provide users with direct phone numbers to police precincts
and a reporting mechanism allowing them to report a sighting. Using the built-in GPS of the iPhone, the NCMEC will be able to directly interface reports from users to geographical information systems to help police pinpoint the location of a sighting.
In a letter pushing Apple CEO Steve Jobs to speed up approval, the app’s creator, Jonathan Zdziarski said the millions of iPhone users will give missing kids “a LOT more exposure,” noting it will revolutionize reporting to police.
His letter worked – two days later, the app was approved, and you can download it now, for free.
Image: Jonathan Zdziarski