‘Bloodhound’ I

   “Are you saying…”

   “Yes. Absolutely. We are developing an electronic bio scanner that can be used to locate missing persons.”

   “Really Mr. Amir? That’s incredible! How exactly does it work?”

    “An ordinary Global Positioning System can pinpoint an electronic device anywhere in the world through satellite tracking, right? The GPS device has a specific signature that a satellite is directly linked to. Through this targeted association, anyone who contacts the satellite via a computer interface (with correct credentials) can also locate the person possessing it. We have taken this principle a hundred steps forward by paring satellite tracking with human biological samples.”


   “As it turns out, not only is DNA unique to all of us, we also project a marked chemical signal from it. Just like regular devices, our DNA can be ‘pinged’ with the proper companion equipment. It’s taken years to perfect this sophisticated technology and fine tune it for practical uses but we have entered the final testing stage. I don’t want to get too technical in details because our research is top secret and proprietary. Let me just say that much like a proverbial ‘bloodhound’, with our Bio-tracker technology, missing persons, (or fugitives from justice for that matter); will become a thing of the past.”

    “Wow! I’m dumbfounded. Just think of all the saved man hours for police departments all over the world. With this breakthrough, no one has to lose sleep over what has happened to their missing loved ones. Also as you pointed out, dangerous felons can be quickly brought to justice! Our readers will be fascinated to hear about your new process! Thank you for your time today, sir. My article will hopefully bring you a lot of interest from the law enforcement industry.”

   “Great! As a start up, we need all the positive reviews and word-of-mouth that we can get from the international press and news organizations. Testing so far has been extremely promising. Of course this company is a commercial enterprise and maintaining a license with dozens of atmospheric satellites is enormously expensive. Regardless, we recognize that we have a civic and moral duty to offer this technology to police and military organizations across the world at reasonable prices.” 

    “Sure, that’s understandable. No one would expect you to spend millions on development and then just give it away. That’s just not practical or realistic. So, what exactly are the limitations of this technology? Are there geographical ‘blind spots’ where these satellites can not locate the subject?” 

    “We currently have about eighty percent of the planet covered by our satellite network array. From the middle of the world’s oceans to the upper atmosphere, we have it covered pretty well. Our sensors can make a positive ID at 200 meters below the water surface, or even through 12 meters of solid concrete. Overall, we have a pinpoint accuracy range of within 25 centimeters of the target.”

    “I see. That’s really impressive! Surely there are some limitations to its sensitivity though, right?”

   “Well, If the subject of a DNA sample is deceased, the results are limited by specific circumstances. There is a consistent rate of decay for the DNA chemical signature we use to track the person. Over time, this personal signal becomes so degraded that the results are inconclusive. In missing persons ‘cold cases’, we can not guarantee results at this time. Perhaps with more research we can extend the sensitivity range of our tracker technology to recognize more degraded signals.” 

   “Let me make sure my recorder is still rolling. Mummm, yes. We’re still live. So. How much of a DNA sample does your tracking system require to work? Can it work from minute trace amounts, or does it need a large blood or tissue sample to trace the subject?”

    “Although larger samples are better, at our current stage of development, a human hair or nail clipping is typically enough to get a positive match. As a matter of fact, if you flipped a finger nail clipping out of your car window on the way over here to our offices, we could probably find it. One of the huge hurdles with perfecting a commercial DNA tracking technology like ours is that human beings typically leave their DNA everywhere they go!”

   “That’s true. It never occurred to me how many trace amounts of ourselves we probably leave behind. I’ll be sure to underscore that in my article. It’s an important point to recognize.”

   “Absolutely; and thanks again for your interview. The publicity should attract shareholders to invest in our project. We’ve recently underwent several sensitivity adjustments to differentiate between trace amounts of DNA residue accidentally left on living surfaces, versus full body sources. Currently we are adjusting our partner satellites to recognize and disregard the distracting evidence of decaying trace sources. That will help immensely to eliminate false positives. It’s a grueling process but we feel our technology is finally ready to bring to the free market.”


About Bo Bandy

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