|[August 09, 2012]
Indiana State Fair Pilots New Tool for Finding Lost Children
INDIANAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--
IN.gov and the Indiana State Fair are partnering to use the latest
technology to find lost children more quickly. Lost and Find Me
wristbands will be distributed to the first 5,000 parents of young
children on the fair's Kids Day, August 13, 2012. The Lost and Find Me
booth will be located in the Farm Bureau Building and will be
distributing wristbands free of charge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to those
that visit the information table.
Each Lost and Find Me wristband is tagged with a QR Code, and links to
information such as the parent's mobile phone number and/or email
address. If a child is lost and found wearing the wristband, the QR Code
is scanned using a QR Code Reader mobile application on any smartphone.
If the person does not have a smartphone, they can enter the tag (News - Alert)
information on www.lostandfindme.com.
When the QR Code on the wristband is scanned or its code entered into
the website, the Lost and Find Me system automatically sends a text
message and/or email to the parent notifying them where the child was
found. If GPS is enabled on the parent's smartphone, the notification
alert also includes a map link to the location where the QR Code was
"This is a fantastic use of new technology," said State Fair Director of
Safety and Security Jessie Olvea. "It allows us to reunite separated
children with the parents and guardians in a quick fashion without any
special equipment. We hope many parents will have their kids wear these
wristbands and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with it."
There will be volunteer workers at both of the State Fair information
booths on Kids Day that will be equipped with smartphones if a person
happens to get lost and needs their wristband to be scanned. The Indiana
State Police and Public Safety Officials are also aware of the new
wristbands being distributed and will be able to direct lost children to
a central location to scan the tagged QR Code.
The term QR Code stands for "Quick Response Code." A QR Code is a
barcode that is readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera,
and smartphones. The barcode can store website URLs, text, contact
details, Google (News - Alert) Maps locations, and much more.
About Lost and Find Me
Lost and Find Me is a combination product and service that allows
individuals to provide important information to identify the location of
people, pets, and valuable items. Through the use of QR Code tags and
scanning, alert notifications automatically send a text message or an
email to the owners when Lost and Find Me tagged items are found.
About Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event
celebrating Hoosiers' spirit and agricultural heritage. Nationally
recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth,
interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a
variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual
tradition for generations of Hoosiers since 1852. The 2012 fair is the
"Year of Dairy Cows," showcasing Indiana Dairy farmers. For more
information, please visit www.indianastatefair.com.
IN.gov is the official website of the state of Indiana (www.IN.gov)
and a service of the Indiana Office of Technology. The IN.gov program is
a collaborative effort between the state of Indiana and Indiana
Interactive. Indiana Interactive is the official eGovernment solutions
provider for the state of Indiana. The company builds and manages
interactive government services on behalf of the state.
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