10 November 2015: Microsoft Corporation has donated US$474,791 in software to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). This will allow ICMP to maintain and enhance its Integrated Database Management System (IDMS) software and add efficiency to its global communications.
This is the fifth major donation by Microsoft to ICMP. It donated software in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 under its global “Unlimited Potential” initiative, which provides software support to non-profit organizations.
“ICMP operates a state-of-the-art iDMS and runs programs in many different parts of the world,” said ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger. “Microsoft’s assistance has been and continues to be of paramount importance to us as we develop our human identification database and expand our communications network to manage projects separated by large distances.”
The iDMS is a specialized software solution developed by ICMP for managing large scale missing persons programs. It has a set of powerful integrated applications that support the process of storing, viewing and analyzing data on missing persons, investigations, and identifications. ICMP is currently expanding access to its data processing system so that it can be utilized online from anywhere in the world.
Bomberger said Microsoft’s assistance to ICMP was a positive example of constructive corporate citizenship that is targeted towards positive practical outcomes.
”The role of technology in today’s world is getting stronger and stronger, and Microsoft offers a number of products and services which are making life easier to people and organizations,” said Microsoft BiH Director Omar Krivošija. “In this context, we support a number of socially beneficial projects around the world and it is my great pleasure to have the chance to support the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons with this fifth time donation. I’m happy with this long and successful cooperation and I am confident that upgraded software will provide even better results in the future projects of ICMP.”
ICMP is an international organization whose mandate is to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating and identifying missing persons from conflict, migration, human rights abuses, disasters, crime and other causes. As part of its programs, ICMP operates the world’s leading high-throughput DNA human identification facility, through which almost 20,000 missing persons have been identified from around the world.
For more information about ICMP, please visit www.icmp.int
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