Telecom Ventures Provides Associated Press News to AlertAmericaOnline

Apr 18, 2003

Telecom Ventures LLC, a wireless application service provider of emergency alerts and other wireless services, has updated its interactive, cell phone-based alert service called AlertAmericaOnline to offer breaking news headlines from AP Digital, a division of The Associated Press that provides news and information to interactive markets. AlertAmericaOnline provides a fully hosted, cross-carrier technology especially suited for members of local citizens' readiness groups, government agencies, volunteer fire departments, and not-for-profits with 501(c)(3) status. These organizations can use the service as a part of their communication contingency plans to provide staff security and coordinate relief efforts. AlertAmericaOnline will partner with certain 501(c)(3) agencies to provide financial benefits based on the participation of their members and donors. Through its national database of subscribers, AlertAmericaOnline sends emergency alerts via Short Message Service (SMS), instant messaging, and in real-time interactive mode through Wireless Access Protocol (WAP). The service now includes breaking AP national news headlines. AlertAmericaOnline offers a speed advantage over other alert services by filtering information through its proprietary Interactive Multi-Channel Platform (IMCP). IMCP is an application that uses a national, or geo-specific, filtering criteria to determine whether a particular headline constitutes an alert-level message to be sent as a text message to its subscribers. Only a small portion of information provided each month will be sent as text alerts through the service. AlertAmericaOnline also uses notification features such as flashing screens and varied tones to differentiate its alerts from normal messages, subject to individual device and carrier capabilities.

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