It often takes parents up to three or four days to retrieve the necessary information required to assist in the search for a missing child. Additionally, many U.S. police departments collect data on local children but parents do not have an easy way to share that information with other jurisdictions in the case of child abduction. Every lost hour reduces the chance of safe recovery. With minimal technology available to assist families of missing individuals, PSC founders decided to create a software application (KidFriendlyID) that would provide the functionality necessary to organize specific information imperative to the recovery of a family member. In order to present a complete solution to parents and law enforcement agencies, PSC needed a reliable method of distributing the information collected and a report generator was required.
In order to integrate report generation capabilities from the KidFriendlyID application, PSC first considered using a report generator that offered the option to export output in PDF format. After evaluating several solutions with this functionality, PSC realized that it would be too complicated in the long run and would add significant overhead to support such a process. With the implementation of ActivePDF WebGrabber, parents now enter their child’s vital data and any pertinent photos via a HTML form in a secured area of the Project Safe Child website. Once completed, they then click an icon that builds an ASP report on the back end. Once the report has been built, users have the option to download the report in PDF format using ActivePDF WebGrabber technology. Parents receive a fingerprinting kit – they then take the child’s fingerprints and return the results to PSC. The prints (and photos, if necessary) are scanned into the system. In the case of abduction, a PDF containing all the necessary information can be generated instantly. The PDF file is then emailed to all police jurisdictions within a certain radius, as well as to federal authorities if the child is believed to have been taken over state lines.
Project Safe Child has participated in numerous searches for missing children across the country and they are acutely aware that when a child goes missing time is of the essence. With PDF reports easily accessible from any platform, this solution provides the ability to have and distribute up to date information about a missing child almost instantly, increasing the chances of recovery.
“We needed to provide parents with a easy way to access their child’s information at any given time. Our goal was to offer a concise report for each registered child that was both accurate and easy to read,” stated Charles Jones, Director of Operations at Project Safe Child. “A PDF solution seemed like the obvious choice for a number of reasons. As a platform-independent file type, parents can view their child’s report on any machine, regardless of operating system, through the use of freely available PDF viewer software. They don’t have to purchase any additional products and the PDF conversion process is virtually seamless.”