The girl from southwest China’s Sichuan Province went missing around 4
p.m. on Friday afternoon while she and her family were changing trains
in Hengshui, a city in north China’s Hebei Province.
Police identified a man suspected of snatching the girl on the railway
station’s CCTV and broadcast his description via both traditional media
and the new Ministry of Public Security (MPS) platform. More than 5,000
police officers can provide updates on missing children via the app "Tuanyuan"
-- "reunion" in Chinese -- developed by Alibaba.
Police everywhere can now share information and work together via the
app, said Liu Zhenfen, chief risk officer of Alibaba. The new system
went live on May 11 and already has more than 150,000 followers.
Users near to where a child disappears receive push notifications,
including photos and descriptions. The scope of these push notifications
will be expanded over time, depending on the success of the system.
"If the child has been missing for one hour, the push notifications are
sent within a radius of 100 km; after two hours, 200 km; three hours,
300 km and thereafter, 500 km," said Meng Qingtian of the MPS
Many people passed on information about the missing toddler to the
police via the platform, despite it only being on trial at the time,
said Meng. This directly helped police to find the missing girl within