Norwegian government strengthens the country's preparedness for VIDOC-19

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The criticality of public warning has never been more relevant than during the current COVID-19 epidemic. The implementation of the benefits of a single, comprehensive platform offered by Everbridge has contributed to the protection of the most vulnerable in Norway. The platform can provide registries of special needs coupled with geographic targeting, mobilize first responders, health care providers and volunteers, and act retroactively to communicate with people who may have crossed a coronavirus-infected area in the past, whether nationally or internationally, while strictly protecting the privacy of individuals.

That is why the company announced today that its market-leading Public Warning solution now covers subscribers of all three mobile phone networks in Norway with location-based mobile messaging. Their implementation of the Public Warning solution on Norway's third and final mobile network was completed in just nine days and enabled nationwide communications in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Last week, the Norwegian Directorate of Health sent a record 5.4 million messages to every mobile phone in Norway related to VIDOC-19. The Health Directorate also recently sent a message to all non-Norwegian roaming phones in the country in English, French, German, Spanish, Polish and Russian, providing essential instructions to foreign nationals. Everbridge's Public Warning system can automatically detect the nationality of a person's mobile device, without the need to provide personally identifiable data (PID), and then send messages in the corresponding language to improve the efficiency of communication with international visitors and travellers.

Everbridge is a global enterprise IT solutions company that provides software applications that automate and accelerate organizations' operational response to critical events to maintain the safety of people and business continuity. During threats to public safety, such as an active shooter, terrorist attack or extreme weather conditions, and during business-critical events such as a computer failure, cyber attack or other incidents such as a product recall or supply chain disruption, the Company's critical event management platform can quickly and reliably aggregate and assess threat data, locate those at risk and those in a position to assist, automate the execution of predefined communications processes through more than 100 different communications devices, and track the progress of emergency plans.

Norway relies on its Directorate of Health to send critical messages to mobile phones before, during and after an emergency. Thanks to Everbridge, the Health Directorate is able to reach Norway's more than five million inhabitants and the even larger number of approximately eight million annual visitors to the country.

The mobile phone is the best tool to reach the population and provide important information on how to act during major incidents. The fact that all mobile phone networks in Norway are now connected to the Everbridge Public Warning platform is a significant step forward in strengthening the country's preparedness for the coronavirus crisis and other threats to public safety," said Mr. Klaus Klaus. said Javier Colado, head of the structure's international activities.

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The cities of Oslo and Bergen are also using this platform to send essential updates on COVID-19 to all roaming phones within the city limits with messages related to notification of city, port and airport restrictions. Municipalities across the country are using the system to provide critical updates, general information and to call for volunteers.

This system offers the largest and only hybrid public alerting system combining cellular broadcasting and multi-channel technologies based on addresses, groups and location. Everbridge's Public Warning platform enables countries to protect against coronavirus, share updates on viral outbreaks and pandemic best practices, coordinate first responders and health resources, establish two-way communications with at-risk populations and manage disruptions to transportation, education and other essential services.

It already leverages its EMC platform to provide the world's most widely used population alert solution, reaching more than 550 million people, with more than 3,700 active deployments at the municipal, city, state and provincial levels in thirteen countries including the United States, Canada and India. The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the recent regulation requiring EU member countries to establish a population-wide alert system by June 2022, is a major driver for the adoption of population alert systems.

Everbridge's solution was also selected to be integrated into Peru's disaster alert platform to warn 37 million residents and visitors annually. For the platform, this is another victory that reinforces its position as a global leader in population warning systems, with contracts in the Americas and in the EMEA and APAC regions.

Source: Business Wire, 15 April 2020

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