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January 18, 2013

2013 Presidential Inauguration: Mobile Devices and Security

In conjunction with Nixle, a private notification service provider, United States Park Police have rolled out a way for visitors and residents to stay safe and informed during this Monday’s Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

By texting “INAUGURATION” to 888777, visitors and residents will have event and safety information sent straight to their mobile phones throughout the week-long inaugural festivities. Such information is predicted to range from traffic news to event schedules to safety tips, and is sure to make navigating the predicted half a million visitors a more pleasant experience for all.

“Nixle will help ensure those celebrating the inauguration of the President are kept informed with the most accurate and up-to-date information throughout the day,” U.S. Park Police Chief, Teresa Chambers, explained to Yahoo! News.

Police and other officials hope these measures will enhance security and safety during the inauguration and surrounding events.

Speaking on this recent partnership, Eric Liu, CEO at Nixle, also remarked that, “Nixle's partnership with the United States Park Police signals a new approach to public safety. By connecting agencies and citizens through mobile technology, we can all contribute to ensuring a safe experience.”

Indeed, these measures were designed to enhance the safety of all parties attending rallies and events that are political in nature, and of which can be sometimes volatile or security sensitive.

Nixle works with over 6,000 verified government agencies across the United States, including local police departments and county emergency management offices, to provide its one million-strong subscriber base with a variety of free and paid information notifications.

Since its founding in 2007, Nixle has aimed to connect communities to their local officials and mobilize these members to take an active and informed role in public safety.

Edited by Braden Becker

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