Navigation Links
Cities Rapidly Turning to Nixle as Communications Platform for Swine Flu Updates; Outbreak Exemplifies Need for Secure, Trusted Communications

More than 600 municipalities now testing or pushing out Nixle service

SAN FRANCISCO, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Nixle, a new rapidly growing community information service, is receiving hundreds of new requests to have the service activated, so municipalities nationwide can keep residents informed of swine flu developments.

Municipalities initially interested in Nixle for its public safety function are now also using the service as a platform for rapid response broadcasting of public safety messages, including swine flu information, to its citizens. In excess of 600 cities across the United States have been certified or are in the process of being certified, to use or test the service. This includes Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Miami, Boston and Austin, Texas.

A recent story discussed the debate being created about how people get information during health emergencies, such as the swine flu outbreak. Some observers noted that Twitter "has become a hotbed of unnecessary hype and misinformation about the outbreak" because anyone, no matter their credentials can publish information.

"Given the ongoing and increasing debate on whether traditional social networking sites such as Twitter are appropriate services to communicate public safety information, we are getting approached by cities looking for a more secure and better solution," Nixle founder and CEO Craig Mitnick said. "Nixle was designed with security in mind. The foundation of Nixle is that users can trust the messages they receive."

Unlike competitors such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, Nixle and its technology is built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications, Mitnick said. Its authenticated service connects public safety agencies, public services agencies, as well as community groups, to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and through Web access.

Dave Mitchell, a core member of the Johns Hopkins University Public Safety Executive Leadership Program, said, "Social networking sites create unnecessary hype and fear in situations such as the swine flu outbreak due to misinformation. Nixle delivers trusted and accurate information, and when information is accurate, calmness prevails over chaos."

Nixle is offered at no cost to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental organizations and consumers. Mitnick noted that residents have the ability to decide what information they wish to receive.

"It is obvious from what we have seen over the past several days that there is a huge need for trusted and accurate information when it comes to public safety and health," Mitnick said.

"Just today, we were conducting training with EOC staff. Like so many other public safety groups, a flu pandemic was the scenario under discussion," Scottsdale Police Department Lt. Tony Gibson said. "When a question was raised about the importance of keeping the community and employees informed, the first word mentioned was Nixle."

"The Nixle system will assist us in keeping the public informed when dealing with local, state and country wide emergencies that may affect the health and welfare of our community," said Voorhees, N.J. Chief of Police Keith Hummel, whose department recently sent out information via Nixle about where residents could turn for swine flu information.

About Nixle

Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and via Web access. Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. Privately funded Nixle, which has offices in New Jersey and California, is free to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental organizations and consumers. For more information, visit

Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. The 50 Million Pound Challenge Finds Its Stride as Cities Across the Country Hold the First Annual Challenge Walk Off on May 16
2. Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Through California Cities to Provide Free Heart Examinations in Sound-Proof Setting
3. Americas #1 Companion Gets Respect: The CATalyst 2009 Top 10 Cat-Friendly Cities
4. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut Launches Innovative New Program for Cities and Towns
5. Rallies in Five Cities Planned on Friday the 13th to Protect CA Families From the Bad Budget Deal and Permanent, Deep Cuts to Homecare, Education, and Other Vital Services
6. Caffeine Survey Reveals Most, Least Caffeinated Cities
7. Global Ride Tours Best 12 Cities for SPINNING(R) or Indoor Cycling
8. First-Ever National Ranking of Hot Spots for Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.) Identifies Cities With Higher Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
9. New CDC Report Demonstrates Urgency for All States and Cities to Become Smokefree
10. Now Offers Price Summaries for Healthcare Services in Major U.S. Cities
11. Minneapolis Tops List of Heart-Friendly Cities for Women
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... VVA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... motto of progress through sharing, the 2016 Building Better Radiology Marketing ... The conference will begin on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Caesars Palace in ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... online platform for mental health and wellness consultation, has collaborated with a leading ... bridge the knowledge gap experienced by parents and bring advice from parenting experts ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage ... style concert posters. This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. ... University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard to ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... and Cambridge, ON (PRWEB) , ... November 26, ... ... the availability of a real-time eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo ... X-rays, mammography, BMD and Nuclear Medicine tests directly from their electronic medical record ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... PRMA Plastic Surgery ... 19, 2015, our surgeons performed their 6,000th free flap breast reconstruction surgery! , “What ... up every day excited to rebuild lives and it’s an honor to have served ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... -- Research and Markets ( ) has ... Horizons and Growth Strategies in the Italian Therapeutic ... Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities" report to ... --> This new 247-page report provides ... monitoring market, including emerging tests, technologies, instrumentation, sales ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  Amgen (NASDAQ: ... License Application (BLA) with the United States ... ABP 501, a biosimilar candidate to Humira ® ... biosimilar application submitted to the FDA and represents Amgen,s ... Sean E. Harper , M.D., executive vice president ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015  ARKRAY USA , Inc., ... evidence demonstrating the accuracy of its blood glucose meter ... Resistance, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Los ... GLUCOCARD ® 01 meter and the Assure ® ... ability to accurately measure glucose levels in blood is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: