Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Wireless AMBER Alerts™

I just got this Press Release in my email today and am sharing it here. This is technology at its finest...for the best of all reasons:

WASHINGTON, DC –On Tuesday May 17, CTIA-The Wireless Association™, the Wireless Foundation and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) will hold a press conference to announce Wireless AMBER Alerts™, the first ever wireless industry tool that will help empower millions of Americans to aid in the recovery of abducted children.

When:

Tuesday, May 17 10:00 a.m. (sharp)


Where:

Senate Russell Park at Constitution and Delaware on the U.S. Senate grounds.

5-minute walk from Union Station Metro and parking garage.

(In case of inclement weather, event will take place in Hart Senate Bldg. Rm. 216)


What:

9:55 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Photo Opportunity [Event participants, wireless industry CEOs]

10:05 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Press conference


Who:

John Walsh, Host, “America’s Most Wanted”; Co-Founder, NCMEC
Senator Blanche Lincoln, Co-Chair, Senate Caucus on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children
The Honorable Kevin J. Martin, Chairman, The Federal Communications Commission
The Honorable Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA-The Wireless Association™
The Honorable Dennis DeConcini, Former U.S. Senator; Chairman of the Board, NCMEC
Ernie Allen, President and CEO, NCMEC
David Diggs, Executive Director, The Wireless Foundation
Terry Addington, President and CEO, First Cellular of Southern Illinois; Chairman of the Board, CTIA-The Wireless Association™
Ed Evans, CEO, Syniverse
Wayne Sheppard, Supervisor, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Missing Persons Unit; Pennsylvania AMBER Alert Coordinator.


Why:

Statistics show that when a child is abducted, the first three hours are the most critical to recovering the child alive. Recognizing their unique ability to provide timely assistance to law enforcement in these unfortunate situations, the wireless industry and NCMEC have officially partnered to launch Wireless AMBER Alerts™, an initiative that will help galvanize more than 180-million wireless subscribers in the search for an abducted child.


Logistics:

Approximately 30 foot camera throw and mult box available.



CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry,representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.

[UPDATE 2008: AMBER Alerts™ are still saving children's lives and re-uniting families. I have an AMBER Alerts™ ticker on this blog and you should have one on yours. Every single website in North America should have one!]

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