An eKid-ID will enable rapid notification in an emergency
(St. Petersburg, FL – November 15, 2009) — Ident-A-Kid Services of America, Inc.,
announced that in January 2010, the company will start rolling out an electronic version of its Ident-A-Kid child ID card, called eKid-ID. The eKid-ID will contain critical information to help locate a lost or missing child, including name, color photo, height, weight, right index fingerprint, and date of birth. This information is collected by Ident-A-Kid’s trained technicians through programs offered at public and private schools. The data is sent directly to the parent’s cellular phone as a picture message. The parent can store the eKid-ID on their phone, so it is readily available. Should their child become lost or missing, the parent can instantly forward the eKid-ID to friends, neighbors and law enforcement to help locate their child quickly. Ident-A-Kid’s Director of IT, Dean Boenzi, said, “This technology could significantly speed up the search process by mobilizing an entire community in a matter of minutes.”
Ident-A-Kid plans to offer eKid-ID as a free bonus to parents that purchase multiple traditional ID cards. Ident-A-Kid’s President, Rick Hagan, said, “eKid-ID is a value added tool for our nearly 3 million annual customers.”
There may be some phone limitations. Initially, Ident-A-Kid can only provide eKid-ID to customers of the largest wireless providers and customers must have picture message capabilities on their phone.