A Brief History of Appriss

Originally known as Interactive Systems and The VINE Company, Appriss was founded by Mike Davis and Yung Nguyen in 1994.

The two worked with Jefferson County, Kentucky government officials to develop the nation's first automated victim information and notification system after the 1993 murder of Mary Byron by her former boyfriend and attacker.

Davis and Nguyen unveiled VINE® (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) in Jefferson County exactly one year after Mary's murder. Since then, over 4,000 communities across the U.S. have adopted Appriss solutions.

In 2000, the company's name was changed to Appriss (derived from the word "apprise," which means "to notify") to reflect its growing scope of data and solutions.

Appriss is constantly exploring new ways to keep communities safe and informed. VINE remains the nation's leading automated victim notification solution, and is also available on mobile devices via the VINEmobile. JusticeXchange® provides access to the nation's largest near real-time data network of incarcerated persons, helping law enforcement more easily find wanted individuals.

Appriss provides the technology for NPLEx® (National Precursor Log Exchange), an electronic tracking service that monitors and blocks the illegal sale of over-the-counter cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Appriss also provides a mobile app, (MobilePatrol™), for law enforcement agencies to help them connect more effectively with their communities.

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