NEW: Sheriff’s Office Announces New Public Safety Alert System
Monday, July 08, 2013
Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis has announced the deployment of a new public safety alert system for all of Worcester County.
Ping4alerts is a new and highly targeted mobile alert communications system designed to instantly notify citizens about local public safety emergencies such as missing persons alerts, severe weather, traffic situations, natural disasters and fast moving emergency situations.
Created by Ping4 Inc., the new Ping4 Citizens Alert app utilizes state of the art “geo-fencing” technology in combination with location-based technology found readily available in today’s smart phones to provide the most precise, hyper local and highly targeted information to notify individuals of an impending or existing public safety emergency. By utilizing innovative smart phone and geo-location based technology, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office will now have the most effective public safety communications tool available to immediately alert individuals regarding geographically relevant dangers and emergencies at any given moment.
Currently, the Ping4 public safety alert system is effectively utilized by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and a number of local law enforcement agencies in the region. Evangelidis will be the first Sheriff in New England to deploy the system for a county wide jurisdiction.
“With the recent addition of the Ping4 Citizens Alert mobile phone application for all of Worcester County, we now have the most effective and efficient public safety communications tool available to instantly provide important public safety alerts and information to better serve and protect our citizens.” Evangelidis said.
“With Ping4 Citizens Alerts our residents are instantly notified about natural disasters, dangerous storm situations, missing persons, traffic situations, terror attacks and all other local emergency situations. Having this innovative communication technology available enables us to alert our citizens based on their geographic location with highly specific and meaningful information to help ensure their public safety.”
Citizens Alerts issued by the Sheriff’s Office will provide real-time emergency messaging to an individual’s iPhone or Android smart phone in a geographically defined area that can be a small as a parking space or as large as the entire county. The geo-fencing technology also has the ability to wake up a phone in the case of an extreme emergency with a public safety audio alert. By working over GPS, cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, Citizens Alerts will not tap data plan minutes or place undue strain on smartphone batteries.
In addition, Ping4Safety alerts are universal providing the user geo-specific emergency information locally, regionally, nationally or globally to help keep them safe wherever they travel. The application can be downloaded at no charge by visiting www.worcestercountysheriff.com
“With this tremendous technology, we now have the ability to instantly notify the citizens of Worcester County about existing local dangers and emergency situations where having immediate information could make the difference between life or death. The Ping4 Citizens Alert system provides us with the most immediate, meaningful and geographically specific public safety information tool to help keep our community as safe as possible.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis.
To download a free Ping4 Citizens Alert App for your Iphone or Android please visit: www.worcestercountysheriff.com.
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