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City May Acquire New Notification System May 8, 2009

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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The City Council heard first-hand at Tuesday evening’s meeting about a way to replace the sloppy public notification system it currently uses with a state-of-the-art, Internet-based system. City staff is working with a vendor called CodeRED that claims it can provide Alamedans with a high-speed emergency notification system capable of quickly notifying all or a portion of the Island City when an emergency strikes.

CodeRED says that its system would not require the city to purchase additional servers or phone lines.

In addition to making high-speed telephone calls, CodeRED says that it can send e-mail messages and text messages to personal digital assistants (PDAs,) computers, pagers and cell phones at a rate of 1,000 messages per minute.

The company has quoted the city a price of $22,500 a year for 87,500 minutes of time. According to the company’s Web site, “The CodeRED Emergency Notification System is a high-volume, high-speed communication service available for mass emergency notifications.

The system employs Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls. The high-speed telephone calling system can deliver customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses at the proven capacity of millions of calls per day. CodeRED subscribers control their emergency broadcasts from anywhere in the world via a secure Internet web site.”

The company promises that it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: Define calling database using its Internet mapping tool and client calling lists, record a message using an interactive voice-response line and launch the calls.

No action was taken at Tuesday’s meeting.

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