Govt taps Everbridge to power Emergency Alert Australia
The federal government has contracted critical event response management solutions provider Everbridge to support the deployment of a planned national early warning system.
Under the multiyear contract, Everbridge will work with Australia’s major telcos to provide the backbone for the Emergency Alert Australia system.
The company will provide its Everbridge Public Warning system to allow the system to deliver location-based notifications to residents and visitors within the area of a critical event such as a fire, extreme weather or terror attack.
Notifications will be delivered as SMS, smartphone app notifications and fixed line voice alerts. Warnings will also be delivered through other channels, including online.
The Emergency Alert Australia system is expected to be up and running by 2020. The Everbridge platform will also support first responder communications, and allow for the analysis of disaster communication effectiveness to support planning for future crises.
“Our Public Warning solution enables government organisations and public safety agencies to immediately connect with every person in an affected area during a critical event regardless of nationality, residency or mobile telephone handset type,” said Everbridge Chairman and CEO Jaime Ellertson.
“Australia has served as a model example for population-wide alerting and emergency preparedness over the past decade, and we are honoured to support them on the evolution of their national system.”
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