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disaster alert systems This section of our technical library presents articles written about Emergency Alert Systems and Disaster Recovery definitions, terms and related information.

The 911Broadcast emergency notification and alert service can deliver a large number of phone calls using a network of phone systems employing digital phone lines simultaneously. Should a disaster such as a snow storm, wild fire or flood hit your area, 911Broadcast systems can alert your community quickly providing specific instructions if an evacuation is required.

This service is available using our emergency broadcasting systems. If a dangerous chemical spill occurs in your community, you can target specific areas to call. If a severe snow storm hits your area, your community can be notified of school closings or event cancellations.

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Technology and Emergency Management

The following is an extract from the article "Outdated technology hampers emergency management" by Eric Adolphe.

"In the wake of increased security and safety concerns, the emergency management sector has suddenly found itself in the spotlight.

Perhaps one of the greatest areas of focus has been the communications network that emergency personnel and related agencies use to share critical data. Simply put, it no longer works, and stovepipe systems have in the past severely undercut communications efficiencies.

It is time for our nation to embrace an open emergency network.

"Open" does not mean "exposed." The idea of opening our emergency communications systems to anyone and everyone understandably brings to mind threats of sabotage and privacy violations.

Open emergency network systems should be based on interoperable, seamless connections that enable users to speak directly to each other (immediately when needed) and share key data, while simultaneously controlling access to the network.

For example, firefighters have to quickly communicate with public health agencies about key data uncovered during the emergency. Cities and counties must be able to share vital information as needed, without relying on outdated technologies and insecure lines. And the communications infrastructure needs to be designed so it can be easily expanded without increased costs and technology inhibitors.

All of these goals can be achieved with open, interoperable systems.

Unfortunately, we have failed many times in delivering the communications tools our protectors need to do their jobs in the best manner possible. Outdated, cobbled-together systems put a high level of strain on the ability of first responders and emergency personnel to make critical decisions within the time needed...."

To view the entire article, please contact Eric Adolphe. Mr. Adolphe, the 2002 Maryland High-Tech Council's Entrepreneur of the Year, is the founder and CEO of Silver Spring-based Optimus, which provides technology products and services for public safety operations. Web site:

Emergency XML Messaging Solutions

automatic phone alert Automatically send emergency phone messages from your computer system using our XML push software. Let our phone system automatically access information from your computer systems and web servers using our XML Pull and web information retrieval logic. Alerts can be automatically broadcast to systems administrators or to an entire department based upon an external event such as a power failure or system failure. Other applications may be as simple as wakeup calls or weather alerts that are triggered automatically from your own computer systems or websites.

Using standard XML protocol, develop applications that transmit messages to our phone systems to perform the required phone messaging tasks. This could including simply sending a single message to one phone number, several phone numbers, or to an entire list of numbers. The emergency message can be sent in the form of a wav file or a text file that is automatically converted using our text to speech software. Several voice wav files can be designated in the XML push message, giving you maximum flexibility.

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XML Messaging and How It Works

XML emergency messages can be easily sent from your existing computer applications. Database Systems Corp. supports several "canned" XML message formats, but can develop new formats that fit your requirements.