Find Amber has finally been approved and is now available in the Windows Phone Store! This project is close to me, and not in a "I have lost a child" way thank God. But I do have children and if something were to happen to any of them I can't imagine what it would be like.
There are ways to get this information but generally it is slow to deliver. Television, Radio, etc. but these delivery mechanisms are allow but allow for detail. In contrast, there is a text message service and/or the road signs that are available which solves the speed of delivery but the content is lacking. My solution was to give the user both speed of delivery and content.
I decided to combine the latest available technology and tools from Microsoft using Windows Azure, SQL Azure and ASP.NET Web API to build a robust system to get the data and deliver it to first the Windows Phone Platform but also create an API that allowed me to expand this to Windows 8 and the other mobility platforms.
The Windows Azure Services provide the necessary notifications to be sent to the phone when a new Amber Alert has been created. If the user has pinned the application tile to their home screen, they will be notified on the Live Tile if the Amber Alert has occurred in their state or near their location. These notifications are sent within 1 minute of the notification being created at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC).
Other features of the application include
- Most recent or open cases
- Cases near you
- Case Type
- Month of Year
- U.S. Region
- Top 10 States
- Cases by State
- Case Details
- Showing all pictures on file
- Includes Abductor pictures where applicable
- Map of last know location or missing from
- Links to Actual Lost Child Poster
- Social and Email Sharing integration
Screenshots of Find Amber
Telerik - RadControls for Windows Phone
MVVM Light Toolkit by Laurent Bugnion (@LBugnion) : Great MVVM framework, supports Silverlight, WPF, Windows Phone and now Windows 8. I blog about it and give talks a code camps and user groups.
PhoneFlipMenu by Scott Lovegrove (@scottisafool) : this is officially being moved to Coding4FunToolkit.