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(TNS) - Apps such as Uber, “Pokemon Go” and Snapchat can pinpoint where users are down to the side of a block. But 911 dispatchers have to rely on distant cell towers, sometimes-faulty GPS and the caller — who is likely in distress — to figure out where calls are coming from.

In an effort to thrust 911 call centers into the 21st century, Apple announced Monday that the next major update to iPhone software will allow users in the U.S. to automatically share location data with emergency responders. Software and a data clearinghouse built by New York startup RapidSOS will let 911 centers receive callers’ locations.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-911-Whats-Your-Emergency-For-Dispatchers-its-Locating-Callers.html

(TNS) - Always ready. Always there.

That’s the motto of the National Guard, and for 48 days — and counting — soldiers and airmen from this component of the military have been doing safety and relief work amid volcanic threats and destruction on the east side of Hawaii island.

More than 200 Guardsmen have been assisting Hawaii County Civil Defense with jobs that include monitoring dangerous gas emissions from lava flows, manning security checkpoints, building emergency housing and conducting search-and-rescue missions.

Many of these servicemen and women are volunteers and are from around the state, including some who live on the active volcanoes that make up the Big Island and never imagined they would be responding to a lava eruption disaster in their own community.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-For-National-Guard-Lava-Disaster-Presents-Real-World-Mission.html

BURLINGTON, Mass. – Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global leader in critical event management and enterprise safety software applications to help keep people safe and businesses running, is providing critical safety alerts for many of the LGBTQ Pride celebrations taking place across the nation this month.

In San Francisco, CA, Everbridge will provide the alerts for the San Francisco Pride celebration, one of the largest gatherings of the LGBTQ community in the country, taking place June 23-24 at the Civic Center Plaza. Attendees are being instructed to Text PRIDESF to 888777. More than 1.5 million spectators are expected to turn out for the parade, now in its 48th year.

In Columbus, OH this past weekend, Everbridge was used to send notifications to attendees of the 37th Columbus Pride Festival and Parade that attracted approximately 500,000 attendees. Among the messages sent to parade-goers were important safety tips, route details, festival regulations, weather updates, and information on the “Tag Your Tot, Tag Your Bag” ID program. Columbus Police will use Everbridge again next month for Red White & Boom!, the largest fireworks show in Ohio.

In Broward County, Florida, the annual Stonewall Parade and Festival rolled through Wilton Manors Saturday as part of Gay Pride month. Wilton Manors has hosted the festival for the past 19 years. The town asked attendees to leverage Everbridge’s notification solutions to stay safe and informed. In a city with little more than 12,000 residents, 35,000 people were estimated to have attended the festivities.

Everbridge’s mobile keyword feature, part of its Community Engagement offering, makes it easy for residents and visitors to opt in to important safety and event information from their cellphones. Keywords have been used for hundreds of recent events, including Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., the Presidential Inauguration, and championship celebrations like the Eagles’ Super Bowl party in Philadelphia and the Capitals’ Stanley Cup parade in Washington, D.C.

About Everbridge
Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG) is a global software company that provides enterprise software applications that automate and accelerate organizations’ operational response to critical events in order to keep people safe and businesses running. During public safety threats such as active shooter situations, terrorist attacks or severe weather conditions, as well as critical business events including IT outages, cyber-attacks or other incidents such as product recalls or supply-chain interruptions, over 3,800 global customers rely on the company’s Critical Event Management Platform to quickly and reliably aggregate and assess threat data, locate people at risk and responders able to assist, automate the execution of pre-defined communications processes through the secure delivery to over 100 different communication devices, and track progress on executing response plans. The company’s platform sent over 2 billion messages in 2017 and offers the ability to reach over 500 million people in more than 200 countries and territories, including the entire mobile populations on a country-wide scale in Sweden, the Netherlands, the Bahamas, Singapore, Greece, Cambodia, and a number of the largest states in India. The company’s critical communications and enterprise safety applications include Mass Notification, Incident Management, Safety Connection™, IT Alerting, Visual Command Center®, Crisis Commander®, Community Engagement™ and Secure Messaging. Everbridge serves 9 of the 10 largest U.S. cities, 8 of the 10 largest U.S.-based investment banks, all 25 of the 25 busiest North American airports, six of the 10 largest global consulting firms, six of the 10 largest global auto makers, all four of the largest global accounting firms, four of the 10 largest U.S.-based health care providers and four of the 10 largest U.S.-based health insurers. Everbridge is based in Boston and Los Angeles with additional offices in Lansing, San Francisco, Beijing, Kolkata, London, Oslo and Stockholm. For more information, visit www.everbridge.com, read the company blog, and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding the anticipated opportunity and trends for growth in our critical communications and enterprise safety applications and our overall business, our market opportunity, our expectations regarding sales of our products, and our goal to maintain market leadership and extend the markets in which we compete for customers. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and were based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “believe,” “target,” “project,” “goals,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “intend,” variations of these terms or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond our control. Our actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to: the ability of our products and services to perform as intended and meet our customers’ expectations; our ability to attract new customers and retain and increase sales to existing customers; our ability to increase sales of our Mass Notification application and/or ability to increase sales of our other applications; developments in the market for targeted and contextually relevant critical communications or the associated regulatory environment; our estimates of market opportunity and forecasts of market growth may prove to be inaccurate; we have not been profitable on a consistent basis historically and may not achieve or maintain profitability in the future; the lengthy and unpredictable sales cycles for new customers; nature of our business exposes us to inherent liability risks; our ability to attract, integrate and retain qualified personnel; our ability to successfully integrate businesses and assets that we may acquire; our ability to maintain successful relationships with our channel partners and technology partners; our ability to manage our growth effectively; our ability to respond to competitive pressures; potential liability related to privacy and security of personally identifiable information; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights, and the other risks detailed in our risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including but not limited to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the SEC on March 12, 2018. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this press release. We undertake no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

All Everbridge products are trademarks of Everbridge, Inc. in the USA and other countries. All other product or company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

ARLINGTON, Va . – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has expanded its metro Washington, D.C. innovation hub with the opening today of a new flagship Cyber Fusion Center, located in Arlington’s Rosslyn business district, designed to help organizations apply new techniques and intelligent tools to defend against data breaches and cyberattacks.

The company also plans to add 1,000 highly skilled technology jobs in the metro D.C. region by the end of 2020, including in the high-growth areas of security, digital and cloud.

“We applaud Accenture’s decision to expand its footprint in Arlington and across the metro D.C. region,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. “The company’s investments in our workforce and our cybersecurity capabilities are helping advance our region’s leadership in solving one of the most challenging issues we face today. Accenture’s investments also support Virginia’s commitment to ensuring that our people have the skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century workforce.”

Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer – North America, said, “Cybersecurity is a global issue that affects all industries, and Accenture has played a longstanding role in the security innovation ecosystem in metro D.C. We are excited to further our investment in the region with our expanded innovation hub, bringing more of the capabilities every company needs to build trust and protect themselves, their partners and their customers in a digital economy. We are also excited to be investing across our metro D.C. business with our plan to create 1,000 highly skilled technology jobs. We are committed to continuing to help grow metro D.C.”

In addition to the new Cyber Fusion Center, Accenture’s innovation hub in metro D.C. includes an Accenture Lab and a Fjord Studio to facilitate a design-thinking approach to problem solving, and leverages relationships with local accelerators and the start-up community. The Cyber Fusion Center, a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Cyber Corridor, brings together world-class threat intelligence services, sophisticated adversary simulations and incident response services to help clients predict and expel cyberattacks by leveraging the latest innovations in advanced cyber threat analytics, detection and prevention technologies.

“The D.C. metropolitan area is home to the largest pool of credentialed cybersecurity talent in the country,” said Omar Abbosh, Accenture’s chief strategy officer. “Our Cyber Fusion Center taps into this highly experienced and well-trained workforce to bring together the best of our intelligence-driven security solutions and services under a single roof. It’s the cornerstone of our end-to-end security capabilities in North America and across the world, leveraging our cybersecurity know-how to help clients build their cyber resilience.”

The Cyber Fusion Center is co-located with an Accenture Lab, which researches and incubates new concepts for cybersecurity solutions through applied R&D projects. A “virtual corridor” – a large, always-on virtual “pipe” – connects the Lab to seven other Accenture Labs across the world, enabling cross pollination of ideas and accelerated collaboration among R&D researchers.

Located at 1201 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, the new facility has been designed as an immersive workspace to encourage collaboration and breakthrough innovation, where Accenture works with clients to help them predict cyberattacks and test cyber defenses with a sparring-partner approach that replicates real-world cyberattacks. Comprising 28,000 square feet of space, the Cyber Fusion Center has a variety of advanced technological features, including:

  • an incident response “war room,” outfitted with leading technologies designed to help clients collaborate with Accenture’s global team of 5,800 security specialists, including those located across the company’s network of Cyber Fusion Centers; and
  • a secure hardware test center that conducts advanced research for zero-day vulnerability discovery and defensive countermeasure analysis derived from malware reverse engineering.

“There are few imperatives more pressing than protecting our government and business networks from the vulnerabilities of cyberattacks,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). “Accenture’s new Cyber Fusion Center is contributing the innovation, talent and leadership that is critical to prevent – and defeat – cyber threats.”

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) said, “Accenture’s new Cyber Fusion Center and the commitments it is making to Arlington represent another stride forward in Northern Virginia’s place as a major technology center in the U.S.”

The new Cyber Fusion Center is Accenture’s fourth, joining others in Bangalore, India; Prague, Czech Republic; and Tel Aviv, Israel. Accenture’s innovation hub in metro D.C. is part of a network of U.S. hubs including locations in New York; metro San Francisco; Boston; Chicago; Houston; metro Detroit and Columbus, Ohio. These hubs are connected to more than 100 locations around the globe to seamlessly bring the best of Accenture’s global investments and insights to its clients on the ground in North America.

Accenture in the United States

Accenture is a leading professional services company providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Serving 95 of the Fortune 100 and more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500, the company has more than 50,000 people, operations in 42 cities and a network of eight innovation hubs across the U.S. Accenture was named one of the leading companies to Change the World by Fortune magazine, and is consistently recognized as a FORTUNE Blue Ribbon Company. With an unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity, the company appears regularly on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity lists. Visit us at accenture.com/US.

Accenture Security helps organizations build resilience from the inside out, so they can confidently focus on innovation and growth. Leveraging its global network of cybersecurity labs, deep industry understanding across client value chains and services that span the security lifecycle, Accenture protects organizations’ valuable assets, end-to-end. With services that include strategy and risk management, cyber defense, digital identity, application security and managed security, Accenture enables businesses around the world to defend against known sophisticated threats, and the unknown. Follow us @AccentureSecure on Twitter or visit us at www.accenture.com/security.

AUSTIN, Texas – Integral Care, a provider of community-based behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability services, is now equipped with AlertMedia’s mass communication platform to improve critical communications with hundreds of staff members working in over 40 Travis County locations.

AlertMedia has modernized emergency mass communications for organizations by delivering an easy-to-use software platform that connects people during critical situations, such as severe weather events and IT outages. AlertMedia’s web and mobile applications enable organizations to interact with their audience from any device, over any communication channel—such as voice, text, native apps, email, social media, and Slack—keeping their people safe and informed in a matter of seconds.

Like Integral Care, organizations of all sizes turn to AlertMedia for a reliable, quick, and simple solution to keep everyone connected during critical events. Time is of the essence in emergency situations, and AlertMedia’s intuitive design enables organizations to rapidly and easily interact with employees to improve safety, security, and business continuity.

“We evaluated AlertMedia and quickly began using the platform for our critical communications. We had previously used email and manual phone trees to communicate severe weather and office closures, but needed a more consistent and comprehensive way to ensure our employees were receiving important messages,” said Elizabeth Baker, Practice Manager at Integral Care. “Our Disaster Response Coordinator was thrilled when we began using AlertMedia to communicate important information due to the system’s ease of use and reliability. The ease and speed with which she can use her mobile phone to notify almost 900 people about closures due to weather is outstanding.”

With a large number of its employees working outside of an office, Integral Care sought a solution that would allow them to stay connected with employees in remote and dispersed locations. Effectively communicating with employees during emergency events gets more difficult when employees work remotely or are in the field. AlertMedia’s mass communication software—which includes multi-channel communication, two-way communication, and geo-fencing—has allowed Integral Care to get in front of critical events and improve internal communication.

“With many of our staff serving our clients in the community, rather than in an office, we recognized there was an opportunity to strengthen our communication process. AlertMedia came highly recommended to us by another health service agency,” said Baker.

AlertMedia enables organizations to send and receive unlimited messages with their audience via any and all channels, including custom channels that can be easily integrated using the AlertMedia API. With innovative technology and a new approach to mass communication, AlertMedia has taken a leadership position in the market. Hundreds of enterprise customers across all industries and in more than 90 countries are using the AlertMedia platform to protect their organizations, automate operations, and mitigate loss.

“AlertMedia is proud to have been selected by Integral Care, an organization that greatly values the safety and security of its employees. AlertMedia’s mass communication platform will enable Integral Care to instantly connect with hundreds of employees in all pockets of Travis County—which spans over 1,000 square miles—so they can continue to provide optimal care to the more than 25,000 residents they serve annually,” saidBrian Cruver, CEO of AlertMedia.

 

About Integral Care

Integral Care helps people build health and well-being so everyone has the foundation to reach their full potential. Integral Care supports adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their services include a 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs immediate support, ongoing counseling to improve mental health, drug and alcohol treatment to help with recovery, and housing to regain health and independence. Integral Care helps provide a strong foundation for well-being. Founded in 1967, Integral Care is the Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority in Travis County. Visit integralcare.org for more information.

 

About AlertMedia

AlertMedia helps global organizations securely and effectively monitor threats, streamline notifications, and improve employee safety. The company’s cloud-based emergency mass notification platform delivers communications that protect organizations, improve operations, and mitigate loss from any location, at any time, using any device. As the fastest growing company in the emergency communications industry, AlertMedia is helping organizations around the world improve their critical notifications, protect their people, and reduce risk. For more information, please call (800) 826-0777 or visit alertmedia.com.

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