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COMPUTER ASSOCIATES JOINS WITH ARGENTINE
FEDERAL POLICE TO LAUNCH MISSING CHILDREN'S WEB SITE
CA Designs and Implements Website to Help Recover Missing Argentine
ISLANDIA, N.Y., and BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, October 26, 1999 — Computer
Associates International, Inc. (CA) and the Argentine Federal Police today announced
the launch of a Web site designed to help recover missing children in Argentina.
CA has donated software and services to develop the English, Portuguese, and
Spanish language Web site, http://ar.missingkids.com,
which will post information and photographs of missing children in Argentina
the moment a case is opened. Special age progression technology will allow identification
from photographs, even years after a child's disappearance.
CA Chairman and CEO Charles B. Wang; Dr. Carlos Corach, Argentina's minister
of the interior; and Lucio Tirao, chief of the special unit for the investigation
of crimes against minors of Argentina's Federal Police, made the announcement
today at the Casa de Gobierno in Buenos Aires.
"The missing children's Web site is a testament to the powerful role technology
can play in resolving pressing social issues," said Wang. "It is our
hope that other governments will follow Argentina's lead and become part of
this initiative to help recover missing children around the world."
The Web site will help facilitate the distribution of photos of missing children
within Argentina and across national borders, and allow a quick and efficient
exchange of information between government agencies and the public. Time is
the most critical factor when attempting to locate missing children. The CA
software will simplify the updating, maintenance and administration of all critical
All information on missing children including updates can be entered onto the
site quickly and easily using a standard Web browser. Once critical data on
a missing child is available, the Argentine Federal Police can post it immediately.
Searches can be conducted by name, location, sex, height, weight, age, hair
color and other criteria, quickly matching general characteristics with individual
children. Police departments can then print posters of missing children directly
from the Web site and make them public moments after the child is reported missing.
The Argentine Federal Police, through its special unit for the investigation
of crimes against minors, will manage all the Web site information. Statistics
from Argentina's Federal Police indicate an average of 2,500 new cases of missing
children reported every year.
"We are grateful to CA for providing us with this technology because images
are the most important tool in recovering missing children," said Lucio
Tirao, chief of the special unit for the investigation of crimes against minors
of Argentina's Federal Police. "This Web site will help increase awareness
of the issue by making photos and other information about missing children available
to many more people throughout the international community."
The Web site will use CA's Ingres II database, Jasmine intelligent infrastructure
software, Unicenter TNG enterprise management solution and CA's advanced hosting
services to supply an online, multilingual database of images and information.
Built-in backup-and-recovery facilities help ensure that valuable data can be
restored quickly in case of a momentary system failure. Unicenter TNG tracks
server availability and usage patterns, further enhancing the responsiveness
of the site.
The ability of Jasmine to dynamically generate Web pages provides an effective
mechanism for keeping Web content current. Any change to the database is automatically
posted to the Web site and immediately cascades through to the corresponding
Web pages, keeping the site current at all times. Even nontechnical personnel
can be trained to perform Web site management and administration.
The Web site will share its database with the U.S.-based National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), also developed and supported by CA.
The U.S. site, www.missingkids.com,
receives nearly 3 million hits per day and is instrumental in the fight against
child abduction and exploitation in the United States. CA is working with NCMEC
to develop a network of missing children's Web sites throughout the world to
raise awareness about this problem and to help national and international law
enforcement agencies to solve missing children cases as quickly as possible.
"We have found that responding quickly to missing children cases and distributing
photos dramatically increases the likelihood of recovering a child safely,"
said Ernie Allen, president, NCMEC. "The missing children's Web sites allow
us to do just that, and we're happy to be able to share this resource and begin
a working relationship with the Argentine Federal Police."
Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), the world leader in
mission-critical business computing, provides software, support and integration
services in more than 100 countries around the world. CA has more than 17,500
employees and had revenue of $5.3 billion in fiscal year 1999.
For more information about CA, please call 631-342-5224 or e-mail email@example.com.
CA's World Wide Web address is www.cai.com.
As the nation's resource center for child protection, the National Center
for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearheads national efforts to
locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to
prevent child abduction, molestation and sexual exploitation. A private, nonprofit
organization established in 1984, NCMEC operates under a congressional mandate
and works in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency.
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