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Elizabeth Smart unveils 'Guardian,' a new technology to help find missing persons
Elizabeth Smart helps launch new technology to find missing persons
The kidnapping survivor and child safety activist is partnering with Portland-based tech company Q5id to launch the “Guardian” app nationwide.
Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has partnered with the Portland-based tech company Q5id to launch the "Guardian" mobile app nationwide to help quickly locate missing children and adults.
Smart was kidnapped at age 14 from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, and held in captivity for nine months before being rescued. Since then, she's been a vocal and active child safety advocate. In 2021 alone, 337,000 children were reported missing in the United States, according to the FBI.
"Guardian," Smart said, sets itself apart from other apps because of the verification identification piece. Once a user finishes setting up a profile, the user sends out their alert about a missing person to all other Guardian app users in the area.
The identification verification piece is "so important," Smart said, because if a child just happened to wander off, the people on the receiving end of the notification "are safe people" and not potential predators waiting for easy targets.