Metis Secure Named Finalist in GSN Homeland Security Awards

Metis Secure Named Finalist in GSN Homeland Security Awards

OCTOBER 29, 2010

One of four finalists in the Mass Notification category

How we became a finalist.

Between March and June 2010, Metis Secure Solutions took part in an emergency alert demonstration for the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). The purpose of the demonstration was to prove the effectiveness of FM RBDS as a reliable and effective technology for emergency notification.

Throughout the 90-day testing period the Metis system achieved a 99.63% uptime. Additionally, there was a live demonstration involving a mock security incident, where emergency alerts in the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) format were sent from the Allegheny County Office of Emergency Management to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Madelyn Miller. Miller then issued the alerts from the web-based Metis software in her office to 26 Metis alerting devices in five locations across Allegheny County, PA. There were four tests, with each alert sent in three languages, English, Korean and Spanish. Each alert was delivered between 4.5 and 11 seconds!

The demonstration proved to FEMA that FM RBDS is a viable communications technology at the federal, state, local, and enterprise emergency manager level for disseminating emergency information.

The Metis Secure solution has also been successfully implemented at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA and Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA with hundreds of devices deployed in multiple buildings.

See all of the finalists

See Desktop Alert’s Metis Secure emergency notification system in action