Amber Central for the Windows Phone 7 (a free app) is designed to help in the search for, and safe recovery of missing children.
- A real-time feed of active AMBER Alerts from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) including some information about the victim, when and where they were reported missing, and the type of alert.
- A listing of missing children from NCMEC organized by the states from where they are missing.
- A listing of missing children from NCMEC reported missing in proximity to your current location.
- The ability to share the active AMBER Alerts via Twitter, Facebook, Email, and SMS messages.
If a user has information about a case or has seen one of the missing children, they can press a button and automatically call NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline 1-800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678), or contact the local authority in charge of the missing child case.
Although this application includes a listing of all active AMBER Alerts, it does not currently actively notify the user when a new AMBER Alert is issued (Live Tile feature coming soon). For active notification, NCMEC encourages all wireless subscribers to register to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts™. Through that initiative, they can sign up at www.wirelessamberalerts.org to receive text message notices about AMBER Alerts that have been issued in their area.
Please consider downloading the Amber Central Application and signing up for Wireless AMBER Alerts. You might be able to help an abducted or missing child come home safely. For other ways that you can get involved, please visit NCMEC’s website here.
Check out the video walk-through of Amber Central below.
I had some great resources that made Amber Central possible. Many thanks to:
Ramesh – My colleague at work. For great input and advice. Extremely great guy to be working with. He has also successfully published his apps (discountCalc & Health Caddy).
Telerik – For their “Rad” Windows Phone controls.
Laurent Bugnion, Microsoft MVP (Silverlight) creator of MVVMLight, a Model-View-View-Model framework for WPF, Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 applications. Always enjoy working with MVVMLight, AND
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) – For the great Amber Alert Feeds