Nixle Gains Momentum and Popularity With Stories of Success
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Nixle, the community information service that delivers authenticated, real-time updates and alerts to citizen subscribers, is quickly becoming the alert method of choice for law enforcement agencies across the country. Within the past few weeks, the system has been used to help bring a fugitive into custody, locate an elderly Alzheimer’s patient and provide details on availability of H1N1 flu vaccination supplies. In just short of 8 months, more than 3,000 municipalities and police departments in 49 states have signed up with the service, and that number is steadily growing on a daily basis.
The identity-certified communication service is provided FREE to local, county and state law enforcement and government agencies, allowing them to effectively connect with local residents. Of the many success stories, most recently the Amarillo Police Department in Texas used Nixle to help capture a violent fugitive. Their Crime Stoppers department sent out an alert with a photo of a suspect who was wanted for aggravated robbery and probation violation. A Nixle subscriber received the alert while shopping at a local mall and immediately contacted police. Police working holiday patrol were able to locate and apprehend the suspect.
Another win for Nixle involved the successful recovery of a missing Alzheimer’s patient in Denton, Texas . The Denton, Texas Police Department received a call about a missing 84 year old with Alzheimer’s, and although officers searched the area, they were unable to locate the missing person. They published an alert via Nixle, and within an hour, a neighbor who received the alert spotted the man and called local police.
“We’re enthused by the success we’ve had helping law enforcement partner with the community to help solve crimes and locate missing people,” said Craig Mitnick, founder and CEO of Nixle. “And this rapid popularity has led us to a whole new world of opportunities for citizens to stay connected via Nixle. Imagine heading out the door on a typical shopping day before Christmas, and receiving a text that reminds you to lock your car door in the parking lot of a busy mall. Then, you re-direct your route based on a text that alerts you to a traffic accident, and later, you call and schedule an H1N1 vaccination appointment for your kids based on another alert letting you that that your county health department has received a new supply,” added Mitnick. “These are just a few small examples of how Nixle becomes an integral part of your day, enabling you to make smart decisions based on the information it can disseminate.”
Nixle’s service is built on the most secure, reliable, and high-speed distribution platform, ensuring that the information is trusted, immediate, and geographically relevant. Information is available via cell phone by text message, by email, and over the web. Accounts can also be customized so users receive only the information that matters most to them.
More than 3,000 agencies in 49 states have signed on to publish updates via Nixle since March, 2009 and the number is steadily growing. Big cities, such as Los Angeles, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York and Dallas, have been successfully ‘Nixling’ information to subscribers in their community to spread the word about important safety concerns and alerts. For example, at the high-profile 2009 G-20 Summit, Nixle’s services enabled the Pittsburgh police department to communicate with 30 agencies for the event, quelling protester hot spots and keeping the damage to the city at a minimum.
“There is no limit to what Nixle can offer its subscribers in terms of critical information and updates about the things that matter most,” said Mitnick. “All you have to do is sign up, and leave the rest of us.” Mitnick added that the communication service will soon look much different as it opens up to a wider set of real-time location based information.
Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and via Web access. Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. Privately funded Nixle, which has offices in New Jersey and California, is available at no cost to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmental organizations and consumers. For more information, visit www.nixle.com.