New Bedford 360: Free Iris Scan

The MOMS Club of Fairhaven, the Lawler Branch of the New Bedford Free Public Library, and the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office are joining together to host a free Iris Scan event.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that, on average, more than 2,000 children are reported missing every day across the nation and the iris biometric recognition system is used for the purposes for identifying and locating missing persons.  This safety event is being held on Saturday, August 28, 2010 in New Bedford at The Lawler Branch of the New Bedford Free Public Library.

The Children's Identification and Location Database (The Child Project™) is a nationwide network and registry that utilizes iris recognition biometric technology to quickly and positively identify missing children and vulnerable adults.  Iris recognition is based on the most mathematically unique biometric - the iris of the eye. The human iris is absolutely unique, even between twins or an individual's right and left eyes. The iris itself is stable throughout a person's life (approximately from the age of one) and the physical characteristics of the iris do not change with age.

 “When I read the astounding statistic of the amount of people that go missing each day, I knew how important hosting an event like this is”, said Joanne St. Amand, member of the MOMS Club of Fairhaven who is chairing this event for the club.  The MOMS Club of Fairhaven is a non-profit organization that provides parents much needed support to help raise their children.  One way they do this is to perform service projects that help the community.

Any child or vulnerable adult is eligible for the scan as long as they are a resident of the United States.  The scan will be administered by a member of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone wanting to participate in the event would need to fill out a form, which will be available at the event, and have it signed by a parent or legal guardian.  The participant would then look into the digital video camera which looks and feels like binoculars.  The scan takes about 15 seconds.  A loved one’s iris scan and information will be loaded into the nationwide Children’s Identification and Location Database.

The Iris Scan event will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Lawler Branch of the New Bedford Free Public Library.  The library is conveniently located at the northeast corner of Buttonwood Park at 745 Rockdale Avenue in New Bedford.

 For more information about attending the Iris Scan event, contact Joanne St. Amand of MOMS Club of Fairhaven at joannesta@comcast.net or call 508-996-3046.  More information on the MOMS Club of Fairhaven may be obtained by visiting their website at www.momsclubfairhaven.com.  For more information on the Iris Scan Project visit http://www.bcso-ma.us/iris.htm and http://www.thechildproject.org.