LostAndFound Virtual Offices: Collaborative Location-Aware Searching

Aritz Galdos

LostAndFound Virtual Offices (LFVO) is the logical evolution of the services offered by physical offices that handle mislaid objects. Using cutting-edge technologies, including mobile apps and geo-location, LostAndFound Virtual Offices not only makes it possible to publish information on mislaid items. LFVO apps also combine to form a collaborative, location-aware alert network in which users will be able to report their lost possessions in real-time and answer others’ alerts in case they can provide any help. When an object (or even a person) is missing, promptly alerting people in the surrounding area within the first several minutes leads to a greater probability of success. The aim of LFVO is thus to develop an alert network that can be a highly useful tool in these critical situations.