As a speculative investment frenzy continues to swirl around Bitcoin and anything cryptocurrency related, a group of enterprising Russian is quietly harnessing the power of the Universa blockchain platform to create an alert system for helping to find missing children.

The National Center for Assistance to Missing and Suffering Children unveiled an early test version of this new technology at the Federation Council last week, during a special round table meeting dedicated to the search for missing children. The new warning system will allow local authorities to notify all citizens within a particular search area, specified using a simple search box, that a child has gone missing. Alerts are sent out to citizens using SMS text messages and a mobile applications.

“At the same time, people will immediately be informed about the lost child’s identifying marks, such as the information about what he/she was wearing and any other necessary information. Users will have the opportunity to report the child’s whereabouts, make a free call to the National Center hotline,” says Elena Milskaya, The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Assistance to Missing and Affected Children.

She goes on to add that time is the most important factor in any system of this kind, making the new system’s ability to notify all citizens within a specified search box within seconds using the Universa blockchain platform a crucial advantage.

“Every lost minute is an unjustified risk for a child,” she adds.

According to statistics from the National Centre, around 120,000 people go missing in Russia every year and as many as 45,000 of them are children and adolescents. The majority of successful searches locate the missing child within the first 3 days, highlighting just how much time is of the essence in these matters.

In addition to notifying local residents about the disappearance and providing them with information to accurately identify the child, the system will also present a range of options for citizens to assist in the search, such as printing and posting flyers or pamphlets, providing transport for volunteers engaged in the search, and so on.

There will also be a dedicated interface for the relevant authorities and volunteer coordinators of the search operation, where all of the information collected can be added and processed. This will further speed up the process and allow more people to get involved in finding any child who goes missing.