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February 12, 2014

eVigilo Expansion for Israeli 'Personal Message' Emergency Alert Broadcast Approved

In order to protect Israeli citizens even better from unexpected attack or disaster, the Israeli Ministry of Defense awarded eVigilo an expansion of their SMART Broadcast system. The SMART Broadcast is a nationwide cell broadcast alert system in use by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), and has already proven itself in a range of national and regional drills last year. The ultimate goal of the program is to expand the “Personal Message” project to an operational state. “Personal Message” is the key component of the broadcast, which would deliver text messages among other alerts to all Israeli citizens in less than 20 seconds.

Such an advanced warning system could save millions of lives in several crisis situations, ranging everywhere from natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis to the unfortunate realities of military attacks, including nuclear strikes. According to eVigilo CEO Guy Weiss, “The [Ministry of Defense's] expansion order proofs eVigilo's expertise as well as the success and importance of eVigilo SMART Broadcast to serve as core component in Israel's modern public warning strategy.” One reason eVigilo was chosen was due to an incredibly reliable quality of service, which is vital for emergency networks.

Support from the Ministry of Defense also highlights the growing importance of mobile network reliability. When so many lives depend on making sure that word gets out to everyone in a timely manner, issues like signal interference and an appropriately sized network need to be resolved beforehand. Even though current tests prove that SMART Broadcast works well, what happens during peak hours? Emergency alert broadcasts are too important to leave that up to chance, which is why eVigilo will be expanding the network.

Currently, the SMART Broadcast collects information from first responders, emergency response centers and sensors built to detect natural disasters and hazardous materials. The system then distributes it not only to cellular networks, but is also sent through television, radio, Internet and VoIP networks among others. Signals are also sent to emergency alert sirens that inform the general public of impending disasters.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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