SOURCE: VisionTEK, Inc.

May 27, 2005 11:30 ET

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Teams With VisionTEK to Deliver AMBER Alerts Directly to First Responders

SUPERIOR, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 27, 2005 -- VisionTEK, Inc., a software solutions provider for the public safety community, has teamed with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) to introduce the first system in the country that allows first responders to receive AMBER Alerts directly from NCMEC. The Alerts will be distributed by NCMEC to VisionTEK's UNITY® messaging system hub, and then redistributed automatically to users.

Seventy-four percent of children who are kidnapped and later found murdered are killed within the first 3 hours after abduction. Rapid dissemination of information directly to public safety officials in the field dramatically enhances a child's chance of being recovered.

NCMEC, the national clearinghouse for missing and exploited children, distributes AMBER Alert information electronically in XML format. VisionTEK's UNITY system provides wireless data interoperability to thousands of first responders across the country. Integration of NCMEC's distribution system with UNITY ensures that this critical information is in the hands of public safety automatically and immediately. UNITY distributes all AMBER Alert data, including descriptions and pictures of the missing child, the suspected abductor, a suspected vehicle, and any other information available and valuable to identifying the child and suspect.

"Statistics show that time is critical in child abductions," said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. "We are pleased that VisionTEK will assist NCMEC and law enforcement across the country by distributing AMBER Alerts to first responders quickly and efficiently."

Frank Traylor, president of VisionTEK, added, "The VisionTEK-NCMEC collaboration merges two powerful communication systems to maximize the possibility of a child being found. UNITY was designed specifically to improve and expedite communications between users, so we are pleased to be able to leverage its technology in this manner."

About VisionTEK

VisionTEK is a leading provider of interactive mobile data software for public safety and other government agencies. VisionTEK's UNITY system enables data interoperability between public safety agencies and provides the ability to share real-time information within or across jurisdictional boundaries. With UNITY, information can be distributed through a wireless system to one or many users, allowing agencies to transmit data to first responders in a local region, state, or even the nation. Information about UNITY and VisionTEK's other products can be found online at www.visiontekinc.com. UNITY is a registered trademark of VisionTEK, Inc.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC's congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 313,000 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 106,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 92,000 children. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at www.missingkids.com.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    VisionTEK, Inc.
    Scott Skibness
    VP of Sales & Marketing
    303-554-8835 x235
    sskibness@visiontekinc.com

    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    Communications Department
    703-837-6111