Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, MA (PRWEB) July 01, 2013
Emergency management coordinators on the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard recently launched the ping4alerts! mobile communications platform to keep residents and tourists informed during emergency situations.
Ping4alerts! utilizes a patent-pending technology that allows Emergency Management Agencies to send real-time information to users within a highly targeted geographic area. The anonymous app, which is free, will only activate if the mobile device is within the impacted area.
David Fronzuto, Emergency Management Coordinator for Nantucket, said: “This is exactly the type of service we want to provide our residents and visitors. We want to be able to inform them of a potential emergency situation in a very proactive way. Once they download this free app, they can receive alerts from us, but only when they are on the island. If they are home in Boston and we send out an alert, they will not receive it.”
Chuck Cotnoir, head of Emergency Management for Dukes County, which includes Martha’s Vineyard, agreed: “July 4th is a very busy time on the island and we wanted to be ready to go with ping4alerts! We are working with the Steamship Authority and local airports to encourage everyone to download the ping4alerts! app. I would urge anyone visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to download this app. It does not require any personal information. It resides on your smartphone silently until activated and then gives you actionable information you need. This is a win for everyone: the island, residents, and visitors.”
Increasingly, Emergency Management Agencies are relying on the latest technology to provide real-time information to people in the direct path of danger. The technology, from experts at Ping4 Inc., allows users to get emergency messages based on where the users are in real-time with their smart phone. This is a leap forward from older technologies that use permanent, static addresses to issue alerts.
Jim Bender, CEO of Ping4 Inc. stated: “We are very pleased that Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard have come on board. While the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency provides ping4alerts! to residents throughout the state, it is important that regional emergency management agencies have the ability to inform users within the geographic area during emergency situations that may not fall under the jurisdiction of state-wide agencies.”
Ping4 Inc., based in Nashua, New Hampshire, is an innovative software communications company utilizing the latest in push notification technology with its ping4alerts! app. This app enables the delivery of real‐time, location‐based, multimedia alerts to any iOS or Android mobile device of crucial, time‐sensitive information with text, pictures, video audio, links and maps, including extreme weather events and fast‐moving, dangerous situations. There is no downside. Consumers need not give up any personally identifiable information, ever. Help us get the word out ---help save lives. For more information, go to http://www.ping4.com.