Navigation Links
Cities Rapidly Turning to Nixle as Communications Platform for Swine Flu Updates; Outbreak Exemplifies Need for Secure, Trusted Communications
Date:4/29/2009

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 CNN.com 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 www.nixle.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Nixle
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. Alijor.com 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:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... Georgia (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... On ... rural hospitals across the Southeast, celebrated the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal on SB ... Rep. Geoff Duncan (R - Cumming), offers a 70% tax credit to individuals and ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Conditions were ideal for Global ... Park on Sunday, with sunny skies, a light breeze and temperatures in the 60s. ... , The 5k Run and Walk and 1-mile walk were held to increase ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... won the $30,000 Perlman Grand Prize of the 2016 Wharton Business Plan ... the Michelson People’s Choice Award, and the Committee Award for Most ‘Wow Factor,’ ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , ... April 29, 2016 , ... Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. ... for the majority of skin cancer deaths. More than 10,000 people are expected to die ... diagnosis is 62, it is the one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in young ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , ... April 29, 2016 , ... For those who ... the meal to miss. That was among the many new lifestyle diet tips offered ... recent Sharon Kleyne Hour® Power of Water® radio show. Bonny and Lawrence noted that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27, 2016 Elekta today announced ... will be the focal point of seven scientific presentations ... Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology, taking place April 29 ... state-of-the-art radiotherapy system and a high-field MRI scanner with ... the patient,s anatomy in real time. The MR-linac is ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... SHAWNEE, Kan. , April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Martabano , a senior from the University of ... winner of the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award ... veterinary schools, which were awarded a total of ... Over the last four years, Bayer has provided ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27, 2016 Global  urinalysis ... billion by 2022, according to a new report ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757 ) , ... efficiency and accuracy delivered by the new generation ... novel urinalysis instruments and consumables. For instance, the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: