Wed., January 27, 2010 6:10pm (EST)

Technology Tracks Missing People
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
The earthquake in Haiti struck on January 12.  (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
The earthquake in Haiti struck on January 12. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
With families and friends of victims flooding the Haitian Embassy in Washington with calls after the massive earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, a technology company in Augusta is helping track people who are missing.

ESI Acquisition has developed software that matches the information about missing people from internet sources and government officials.

Brad Pond, a vice president at ESI, says it speeds up the search for embassy workers and, ultimately, for families.

"The Embassy doesn't have to scour along to four of five different websites that make up Facebook and Twitter and CNN and hit all those different sites and try to remember in their head," he said.

ESI is providing the technology for free. The company specializes in crisis management technology.