GSS and WDT Jointly Release a Smartphone Emergency Notification App
by Daphne Thompson, on Jan 8, 2013 2:34:29 PM
Historic Partnership to Benefit ALERT FM, Alert Studio, and iMap
CES- LAS VEGAS, NV & AMS- AUSTIN, TX - January 8, 2013 - Global Security Systems, LLC (“GSS”), experts in the aggregation of emergency information through multiple communication outlets, and Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.® (“WDT”), an industry leader in weather forecast and tracking technology, announced today the release of the ALERT FM application on the iOS platform. An Android compatible version is to be announced later this month. The launch of this state-of-the-art app solidifies the historic partnership between these two companies to provide industry-leading multichannel alert and notification technologies. The companies will continue to work closely to develop, update, and market the ALERT FM App as well as existing and new technologies.
“WDT and GSS are leaders in our respective industries, thus creating a powerful business relationship; one of prominent technologies and expertise,” Mike Eilts, President and CEO of WDT, said. “The release of this one-of-kind smartphone app is just the beginning of the endeavors set to come out of this strategic partnership.”
The ALERT FM app combines WDT’s iMap® weather radio app technology with the federal, state, and local alerts of GSS’s ALERT FM. Users will have access to iMap’s current weather conditions, extend forecast, weather notifications, and live weather radar for the ALERT FM home zip code plus additional locations. iMap’s “follow me” feature will also work with a smartphone’s GPS to provide current weather conditions as you travel. Users will be able to receive federal, state, and local emergency alerts for their ALERT FM home zip code. These emergency alerts might include presidential alerts, imminent danger notifications, Amber Alerts, school closing, road closures, evacuation notices, and other emergency instructions.
The ALERT FM app is now available on the App Store (http://imap.tv/2k). Users can download a free version which includes local or state emergency notifications and basic weather features, as well as the ability to save one location. For the capability to save more locations, receive push notifications and gain advanced weather features, users can upgrade through an in-app purchase to the Essentials or Premium version for $4.99 and $9.99 respectively. The app is being demonstrated at CES in booth 30478.
“We are very excited to have teamed with WDT to release this complete end-to-end notification app,” Robert L. Adams, CEO of GSS, said. “Our app will help citizens stay better informed and therefore better prepared for current weather conditions and other critical situations.”
GSS is the developer, manufacturer, and service provider of Alert Studio and ALERT FM. Alert Studio is a Common Alert Protocol (CAP)- based message origination tool that allows emergency officials to create a single message and send it out to the public using multiple contact paths. These paths could include FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (“IPAWS”), Wireless Emergency Alerts (“WEA”), SMS (text) and email, social media, iOS and Android applications, ALERT FM- an FM radio-based notification system, and other alerting systems such as telephone, billboards, and sirens.
WDT is the leading supplier of high technology weather data and proprietary forecasting tools for enterprise and consumer solutions, providing applications and weather decision support systems globally. WDT’s iMap Weather Radio App, available for iOS and Android devices, is a best in class alerting app, providing “follow-me” precision audio alerts to users regarding adverse weather events. Also available is the top tier iMap suite of products, featuring iMap 5, iMap Pro, and iMap Mobile, which offers exclusive weather layer options, high quality Level II radar, global weather information, live storm chaser feeds, hurricane threat assessment and local forecasts. iMap has been adapted to fit a variety of communication outlets including websites, mobile phones, tablets, and social media.
About Global Security Systems, LLC (“GSS”)V
Global Security Systems is a systems integrator, service provider and manufacturer of the ALERT FM, Alert Studio and GSSNet satellite data delivery system. GSS has participated in the development of IPAWS based systems, is a member of the Commercial Mobile Alert Service systems committee, and is actively involved with several EAS and CAP committees. The GSS nationwide GSSNet satellite data delivery system for emergency alerts currently is in operation on over 400 radio stations in 17 states and Canada; is growing daily; and includes the ability to generate and deliver CAP messages. Corporate websites: alertfm.com and gssnet.us.
About Weather Decision Technologies® (WDT)
Founded in 2000, Weather Decision Technologies is a high technology leader in the weather industry, providing life-safety applications and weather decision support services and systems to our partners and customers. WDT's iMap® services provide dynamic, web-based and mobile interactive mapping solutions for the world's leading local media companies. WDT maintains operational offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and Atlanta, Georgia. Corporate websites: wdtinc.com & weatherops.com.