Swan Island Networks unveiled a new Disaster Response Edition of its TIES for Microsoft CityNext solution at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington DC this week.
TIES for Microsoft CityNext – Disaster Response Edition, which operates on Microsoft Azure, has been designed to enable government and non-government organisations (NGOs) around the world to better prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies.
“The new Disaster Response Edition of TIES for Microsoft CityNext provides agile situational intelligence capabilities which can give governments and non-governmental organisation’s more complete, real-time pictures of breaking events as they respond to disasters and major emergencies,” said Tony Surma, senior director and CTO of Microsoft Disaster Response. “As the solution operates on the Microsoft Azure cloud, data remains highly accessible even when traffic volumes are higher than usual, as they tend to be during disasters.”
Building on previous editions of TIES for Microsoft CityNext – including a Leaders Edition, a Safe Schools Edition and a Special Events Edition – the solution is available as part of a Rapid Deployment Program.
The solution features Intelligence Channels, which aggregate real-time information from thousands of emergency alert sources to enable organisations to receive notifications about emergency events, local conditions and internal disaster response resources. The solution can be configured to filter emergency alerts according to their severity, enabling users to receive text messages, phone calls or even alarms when an event occurs.
In addition, organisations can use the social media monitoring and management services to collect and analyse crowd-sourced data, allowing them to respond to local citizens’ needs and concerns during an emergency. Meanwhile, the solution’s asset tracking services can be used to determine the exact location of emergency services personnel, vehicles and other assets in a crisis.
“Data sources of every type and description are now available to help cities become smarter, more efficient organizations and supply critical real-time information to inform, engage and protect their citizens,” said Charles Jennings, CEO of Swan Island Networks. “TIES for Microsoft CityNext gives cities the new agile services they need to aggregate information sources, filter data, and share intelligence from a myriad data sources to produce real-time pictures of what is happening in their environment, reliably and cost-effectively using the cloud.”
During WPC, Swan Island Networks also announced that TIES for Microsoft CityNext is now available to public officials and NGOs for 90 days at no cost after major emergencies as part of Microsoft’s Disaster Response Alliance Program. The programme enhances collaboration among Microsoft Disaster Response and other technology organisations to address global response challenges by delivering holistic solutions together.
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