HARTFORD – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that CertaScan Technologies of Stamford is this month’s “Murphy’s Innovator of the Month.” Founded in 2014, CertaScan has created a modern scanning technology and patent pending system to scan the feet of newborn babies. Their new “gold standard” process moves infant identification, safety, and security into the digital age by digitally capturing and storing high resolution scans of footprints. The scanned footprints can be used for forensic identification throughout the life of the child, and can also be used in conjunction with the newborn’s photograph and fingerprints of the mother.
To date, more than 50 hospitals across 23 states have adopted CertaScan’s system, including the recently announced Stamford Hospital. Cumulatively, the footprints of over 60,000 babies have been scanned nationwide. CertaScan’s system is based on years of experience in the maternity setting and guidance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
“CertaScan is using cutting-edge technology to improve the way we safeguard newborns in hospitals. Their product helps law enforcement and provides much-needed peace of mind to parents across the country,” said Murphy. “We are proud of CertaScan’s Connecticut roots.”
James McKenna, company founder and President of CertaScan, said, “The state of Connecticut has been an important incubator for our business from the very start of our company and has provided significant support and resources for our business. I can think of no better place than Connecticut to access high quality talent and technology expertise as our company continues its rapid growth and expansion both domestically and internationally.”
Murphy is the author of the bipartisan “Billy’s Law” – otherwise known as the Help Find the Missing Act – to close loopholes in America’s missing persons systems. Billy’s Law will also authorize funding for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) – the only federal database for missing persons and unidentified remains that can be cross-searched, accessed and added to by the public.