Found - a Guernsey and Bristol based tech start up - is launching the UK’s first community focussed lost property app with a city-wide treasure hunt on Saturday 23 November.
The new mobile app and website platform allow users to record lost property, while people or businesses who find lost items also use the app to register them.
AI technology then matches lost and found items and links the finders and losers of property to arrange safe return. This makes Found the first lost property technology that services both the public and businesses.
“Over 50 million items are lost a year in the UK, with a value of over £1 billion. Join this to the fact that Police forces are no longer taking lost property at their stations, then you can see that there is a real need for a new innovative solution to this problem,” said Found brainchild and CEO, Lance Plunkett.
As the coverage of the Found partner network increases, so does the chance of finding the lost valuables which are registered on the app.
“If your item is discovered, we’ll connect you with the person or organisation that found it, so that you can arrange to be reunited with your item. In this respect we’re trying to create a community network that help each other, and promote social good.”
Alongside the chief goal of repatriating people’s lost property through the Found community, the company also has an altruistic plan for any unclaimed items which are registered with them.
“We’re going to be partnering with Bristol charities to stop unclaimed lost property going to landfill, the first of which we’re delighted to say is Caring in Bristol.” said COO Andrew Ogier
Invited and supported to set up their UK office in Bristol by Invest Bristol and Bath (IBB), Found have made the city the first in the UK to have access to the app, ahead of a nationwide roll-out in 2020. It will launch on 23 November in Bristol and Guernsey.
Pictured top: A screenshot from Found's website.
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