Press release from the Allen County Board of Commissioners:
Allen County Government Adds Nixle Network
Information alerts available via text messages, email and web
(September 27, 2010) – The Allen County Public Information Office will utilize a new communications service, effective today, that allows important, valuable community information to be sent directly to residents using the latest technology.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows messages from Allen County government to be delivered to subscriber residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at.
Messages may include information about public safety emergencies, traffic safety implications,Â large-scale public works projects, County government meeting information, utility outageÂ advisories/boil orders, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.
“We want communications with the people we serve to be timely, effective, and trusted,” accordingÂ to Mike Green, Public Information Officer. “The Nixle platform gives us a secure, easy-to-use, andÂ cost effective system to share relevant information about Allen County.”
Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health began using Nixle in August to send out important publicÂ health information.
The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a Â¼ mile radius, givingÂ them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood.Â Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received – whether it is by email, textÂ message, or over the web. There is NO spam and no hidden cost. Standard text messagingÂ rates do apply.
Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, but adds a keyÂ component: security. When citizens receive Â information from Allen County government viaÂ Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
“Nixle is a first-of-its-kind tool for communities that need to provide critical information to theirÂ residents,” said Craig Mitnick, Founder and CEO. “In today’s world, you have to trust the source ofÂ your information. Residents of Allen County can rest easy that the local messages they receive areÂ authentic.”
Residents of Allen County and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receivingÂ pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at.
Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliableÂ communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies andÂ community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targetedÂ consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and via Web access. Nixle hasÂ secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local policeÂ departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. Privately Â funded Nixle, which has offices inÂ New Jersey and California, is free to all governments, their agencies and organizations, nongovernmentalÂ organizations and consumers. For more information, visit .