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GSN Magazine June 2016 Digital Edition

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Emergency Communications Network offers enhanced safety options for emergency notifications delivered via smartphones ORMOND BEACH, FL – June 10, 2016 – Emergency Communications Network (ECN), North America’s largest provider of critical and mass notification systems, is pleased to announce the addition of a safe driver feature to its CodeRED Mobile Alert app aimed at improving the safe operation of motor vehicles across the country. Currently, 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have banned text messaging while driving, while 14 states prohibit drivers of all ages from using handheld cell phones in any fashion while operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the safe operation of a vehicle, even if only for a second. “Every time you take your eyes off the road, or focus on anything other than the safe operation of your vehicle, it’s a distraction with potentially fatal consequences. Such distractions endanger not only drivers and their passengers, but also other motorists and bystanders,” said David DiGiacomo, CEO and President of ECN. “We are proud the CodeRED Mobile Alert app will now assist motorists with operating their vehicle in a safe, hands-free, law compliance mode where critical notifications received on their Android phones and tablets will automatically play audibly while in motion to help reduce distractions.” Currently, there are eight unique activities that are detected via cellphone accelerometers, which are designed to detect changes in the orientation and movement of such devices. These activities include walking, running, and tilting, to name a few. This enhancement to the industry’s most downloaded public safety app now integrates two different modes subscribers can select to receive audible notifications. The “Safe Driver Mode” delivers all notifications audibly when the individual’s device is determined to 24 be in motion, while the “Hands Free Auto Mode” will automatically deliver audible messages regardless of your motion or activity. “Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility as more and more vehicles appear on the road each and every day. It was reported by Distraction.gov that more than 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers in 2014 alone,” said Troy Harper, CodeRED Product Manager. “As society continues to be increasingly mobile and demand the use of smart devices to stay informed of emergencies and other time-sensitive information, it is important that we better utilize technology to further promote safety. With this in mind, ECN cre-

ated a self-aware safety mechanism where citizens may elect to remain safety-conscientious and help eliminate driving distractions.” This new feature is currently available for Android devices registered for the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. About Emergency Communications Network Headquartered in Ormond Beach, Florida, Emergency Communications Network (ECN) is an industryleading provider of SaaS-based critical communication and emergency notification systems across North America, managing nine customized statewide notification solutions – the most in the industry. Whether in the event of mission-critical business events, emergencies, or routine operational announcements, ECN provides the market with two core solutions: CodeRED is designed for state and local government entities to deliver emergency and general messages to residents in specific geographic areas, and SmartNotice focuses on employee and stakeholder notifications, serving as an essential tool for business continuity and disaster recovery. ECN’s technology solutions are used each day to effectively alert, inform, and affect lives. To learn more, visit ecnetwork.com. © 2016 Emergency Communications Network 25