Tech firms launch missing persons database in aftermath of Dorian

Bahamas-based blockchain startup Bluestone Technologies has partnered with computer vision technology company Trueface, to launch a website to help find missing persons in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

The platform is part of a larger, Caribbean-wide missing persons database.

The database and interactive platform utilizes facial recognition to find missing persons, according to a press release.

Bluestone Technologies co-founder and Chief Executive Officer John Bridgewater said he launched the website because of his own experience of not being able to find his grandmother and other relatives after the storm passed.

“After living through and continuing to see the devastation, we realized we wanted to use our ability to connect the countries of the Caribbean and provide a safe, interoperable space for families to find members after the natural disaster but also in general,” said Bridgewater.

“As we continue to recover from this natural disaster, the partnership between Trueface and Bluestone is giving the Caribbean community a platform to find their family members, as well as providing e-identification numbers after many have lost traditional documentation in the storm.”

The release explained that facial recognition technology enables missing persons to be matched with those found, giving an e-identification number to citizens who have lost their traditional documents in order to “validate identification and access to government information”.

“The platforms also give those reported missing a six-digit unique ID number in an effort to provide a digital ID as a part of Bluestone’s Caribbean blockchain network, Bluestone Network, a multi-layered blockchain network aimed at interoperable Caribbean social and financial inclusion,” the release stated.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Trueface Shaun Moore said the possibilities of facial recognition are just now being realized, especially when people are left without their personal documents.

“As we continue this partnership with Bluestone, we will be looking to expand these capabilities to other areas of the world that are suffering from the very same issues of loss of traditional forms of identification and the inability to find missing persons,” said Moore.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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