Location Intelligence

Using GIS to help locate missing persons

by Andy Berry, Vice President EMEA at Pitney Bowes Software

The first 48 hours are critical in finding a person reported missing. Go beyond this time, and sadly the chances of finding someone fit and well begin to lessen. During this crucial time, the police and other agencies must painstakingly pull together details such as last known locations, actions and behaviours. Police and emergency services have a huge task ahead coordinating their search efforts and ensuring the right people have the right information, in the right place, at the right time, as quickly as possible. Now, police forces such as New South Wales Police are using powerful geographic information systems to facilitate precise, coordinated, collaborative land search and rescue operations.


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