Essential Public Network: Tying community wireless 2-way alert capability into the public sector network
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Even though the public sector has wireless 2-way alert and reverse 911 push capability, the vast amount of community stakeholders are not yet in a system that the EMS manager can access. Pastors, hotel operators, plant managers, private transportation dispatchers, school bus drivers and other community sector responders and volunteers (see CRO) can be brought into a trusted, scaled, geo-locatable network to register their wireless devices (see NSCAN) for 2-way alerts and threat-specific notification (see EPN). Once in the database and registered by function, level and location (see Virtual Surge Depot), community sector responders and volunteers can be reached individually or as a group with alterts and instructions, which can be responded to with SMS text messaging.
There are several wireless services currently in the private sector that have the 2-way capability to send and receive scaled, targetted messages. Neighborhood America, NCORP's partner that is contributing the input site for the National Blueprint, has recently acquired a new division called MOVO that provides such a capability for its commercial clients.
This network is readily adaptable and configurable to link to the public sector network, so that alerts and communications can be easily accessed, processed and managed through a common, secure portal. The Essential Public Network portal can provide this pass-through and trusted link between the data base of community stakeholders (see NSCAN) and the wireless carriers that would process the messaging.
Because the MOVO network already exists, a community could easily register local volunteers and CROs through the local EPN hub as a member of the NSCAN database, and register their wireless devices by phone number or email address, to establish the 2-way contact capability. This registration is task and geo-specific, with scalable access and permissions, so that alerts can be specific to the level of individual, geography, function, group or permissions.
Since EPN's portal is federal-ready for federal tearline information, alerts can be generated both at the local or state/federal level. Bringing the community sector into a communications network that is accessible by EMS managers without the need for additional software/hardware can significantly increase the early response coordination and capability of a community.
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