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Last week I attended the TechCocktail breakfast where several local startups presented their products and services (note: I was one of the presenters). One of the startups that presented was WanderID from Tactical Information Systems.
The WanderID service allows you to upload a photo of yourself which can aid local authorities if they should ever have the need to determine who you are so they can alert your emergency contacts. The service is cloud-based and the team has a strong background in biometrics. The WanderID service is currently focused on face matching because of the easily ability for anyone to upload a photo. WanderID’s Mary Haskett noted that there are people who have cognitive disabilities who may not be able to identify themselves. The team is focusing on this group plus all children with a focus on children with autism and/or Down syndrome.
WanderID is currently available in central Texas at a cost of $10/month, $100/year or $250/lifetime. My guess is that the pricing model will be tweaked as WanderID adds more locations. The service is free for the local authorities. As long as they can get good distribution with local authorities, the idea of being able to easily identify a person in the case of an emergency is solid.
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