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Manchester PD Deploys Ping4 Smartphone App to Keep Citizens Safe

Date: 2012-03-19
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Hyper-local “Geo-location” Smartphone App Instantly Notifies Citizens about Local Crimes in Progress, Dangerous Storms, Missing Persons, Traffic Situations, Natural Disasters, & Other Emergencies

Ping4 Inc, a Nashua, NH based citizens alerts app that instantly notifies you of dangers and emergencies wherever you are in the world, announced today that the Manchester Police Department will deploy its revolutionary Citizens Alerts smartphone app. At a press conference held in conjunction with Governor Lynch’s Office, the Manchester Police Department announced that it is offering Manchester citizens the opportunity to download Ping4’s free Citizens Alerts App on their smartphones. Citizens Alerts instantly alert users about natural disasters, dangerous storm situations, missing persons, traffic situations, terrorist attacks, and local crimes in progress.

Ping4 enables law enforcement and other public safety officials to send immediate, localized warnings that find subscribers’ smartphones wherever they may be at any given moment in time and help them steer clear of danger and find help. Today’s announcement also marks the New Hampshire launch of Ping4 and its Citizens Alerts app, a "first in the nation" statewide effort to combat crime and protect citizens through Ping4’s hyper-local, geo-based mobile communications initiative.

“We are pleased to be among the first public safety agencies in the country to offer this important and meaningful smartphone application for the safety and protection of our community,” said Chief Dave Mara, Manchester Police Department. “Ping4’s Citizens Alerts app is yet another resource for us to provide our citizens with alerts and notifications of emergency situations.”

“Protecting the public’s safety is a fundamental responsibility of state government. By utilizing technology, we can continue to give law enforcement the tools they need to better protect the public and help keep New Hampshire the safest state in the nation,” said New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch.

Citizens Alerts provide real-time emergency messaging to people’s smartphones in specifically defined geographies that can be as small as a parking space or as large as a continent.  The app has the ability to wake up the phone in extreme emergencies with an audio alert.  Individuals can download this free app from the Apple Store App Store or Android Marketplace. 

“Ping4 is proud to be at the center of this promising and meaningful technology and to represent the next generation of great technology companies based in New Hampshire,” said Jim Bender, CEO of Ping 4 Inc. “Manchester Police Department is at the forefront of a new technology wave that will sweep the world, improving Amber alerts and how all citizens are alerted of emergencies. All of the people assembled here today are visionaries who care about making NH safer for children, students and the general public. “

Unlike other alert apps, once downloaded on your phone, Ping4’s use is universal, wherever the user travels they know they will receive alerts to keep them safe. Police can now alert citizens in specific, tightly defined locations such as along a subway line, along a highway, in a specific store or shopping mall, or an entire city or state. The app also enlists help from the community in solving crimes via an anonymous “A-Tip” feature.

In addition, the Citizens Alerts app features local merchant deals and offerings through its Citizens Rewards program, a unique feature that brings value to the user and increases the likelihood of the app staying on the smartphone. It also includes a rich search tool with compass and mapping information.  The free app works over GPS and cellular networks as well as in Wi-Fi hotspots. Ping4 doesn’t tap data plan minutes or place undue strain on smartphone batteries.

For more information visit: www.ping4.com

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Ping4, 3/19/12)

 

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