U.S. Air Force Space Command Expands Usage of Desktop Alert at Malmstrom Air Force Base

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Joint Press Release from Team Notification. Desktop Alerts publishes mission-critical interactive alerts to thousands of military personnel for real world scenarios, emergencies and urgent message instruction.

Desktop Alert, Inc., a Premier Department of Defense Net-Centric alert and notification technology alliance, today announces the award of a network-based alerting system acquisition supporting Air Force Space Command's 341st Missile Wing today. The U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) has expanded its usage of the Desktop Alert Mass Notification System at Malmstrom Air Force Base located in Cascade County, Montana. In support of the 341st Missile Wing's command and control mission the award has been competitively attained by Team Notification's FSPS Inc., a Colorado Veteran-Owned small business and alliance member with Desktop Alert. A key aspect of this win is as a result of Desktop Alerting architecture driving another technology alliance member, Dialogic Communications Corporation's Communicator NXT in an interoperable modality to accomplish key force protection notification scenarios. Dialogic Communications Corporation's Communicator NXT is the most prevalent telephony mass notification system installed at DoD locations worldwide and Desktop Alert unifies NXT mass notification technology within a single interface.

The Desktop Alert Enterprise Edition Server will guarantee alerts are served to thousands of personnel and machines with critical content delivery to desktops in less then one minute in most scenarios. Desktop Alert is built on the Microsoft .Net Platform. Desktop Alert's open systems architecture will continue to manage the fabric of rapidly evolving alert, notification and response technologies. Desktop Alert integrates with numerous 3rd party vendor technology and our focus is to integrate with and support customers existing mass notification capabilities such as giant voice, siren systems, public address, intrusion and alarm systems, surveillance systems and more.

Malmstrom officially entered the ICBM age with the activation of the 341st Strategic Missile Wing (341 SMW) from Dyess AFB, Texas, where it had previously operated as the 341st Bombardment Wing. The 341 SMW and Malmstrom AFB became the nation's first "Ace in the Hole," dubbed by President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The wing has Minuteman missiles spread across 23,000 square miles (60,000 km2) of Montana. The 10th, 12th, and 490th Strategic Missile Squadron were equipped with the Minuteman II, and the 564th has the Minuteman III.

"The United States Air Force seeks the best mass notification technologies available. To date, The United States Air Force has not nominated a 'de facto' standard for any mass notification platform. Desktop Alert was previously installed by Peterson Air Force Base Space Command as the primary ip-based notification system for the entire base a few years ago. The system has since been used hundreds of times for exercises and emergencies at the base. Recently the platform has attained an evaluation grade of 'E' for excellent after several years of usage at the base. Shortly after the Peterson deployment Desktop Alert was installed for mass notification usage at The United States Air Force Academy and Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. To date, Desktop Alert has never lost a single bid to the United States Air Force. The best product and best value is still the number one criteria for selection within the United States Military and Desktop Alert is highly honored by the selection and will continue to provide state-of-the-art and affordable mass notification technology for The United States Armed Forces," said Howard Ryan, CEO, Desktop Alert Inc.

Desktop Alerts' client application is built on Microsoft's Internet Explorer Browser and as such the client application never needs updating now or in the future by Desktop Alert in order to sustain functionality. This is crucial as the alert system is only as good as the client application which delivers the alert to a workstation or laptop. Microsoft handles all browser updates and a such to date AND in its entire company history Desktop Alert has never had to update its client applications browser technology for military networks. This saves the Department of Defense an immense amount of money on unnecessary bloated recurring maintenance contracts and the U.S. Military response to our technology is indicative of their acknowledgment of Desktop Alerts affordable mass notification platform. For example:

McGuire Air Force Base has never ever needed an update to the Desktop Alert client application by Desktop Alert. The whole process is managed automatically by Microsoft automatically at no charge!

Alerts are created using the web-based Desktop Alert administration interface. The interface employs an embedded html editor which enables the publisher of the alert to create alerts and to preview and publish using rich text media if desired. External applications easily share data and commands with the Desktop Alert Platform Architecture, via an easy to a use web-services application programming interface (API).

Templates may be created using the Desktop Alert administration interface. Alert format and content can be created and saved as a template for rapid future usage. Templates can be quickly employed for publication automatically based on predefined scenarios or manually by any authorized alert publisher resulting in rapid alert publication.

Desktop Alerts web-based management system provides three levels of access to the alert interface that include administrator, moderator and end-user. These accounts are created automatically based on the existing organizational unit (OU) structure of the Active Directory.

About Desktop Alert, Inc.:
The Desktop Alert Emergency Mass Notification System utilizes "Actionable Intelligence." The ability to in-place intelligent methods, functions and triggers that interact with and bring crucial data to and from end-users based on end-user and/or management's predefined business rules and settings. Desktop Alert enables and provides all of the parts needed to execute controlled information management and content distribution.

About FSPS:
FSPS, Inc., is a certified project management consultant to the commercial and federal research and development (R&D) sectors with over 20 years experience in systems-based Project Management. Members of FSPS are internationally recognized project management researchers and conference speakers, and have appeared in leading professional management trade magazines. Members of FSPS are on the Board of Directors of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (http://www.asapm.org), as well as the Licensing Executive Society's - Software Licensing Task Force (http://www.usa-canada.les.org/).

David Zadick (dz @ desktopalert.net)
Desktop Alert


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