Make Maps Most Meaningful With These 4 Tips

Using maps in mobile apps and websites can be an intuitive way to communicate information with spatial or geographic characteristics. However, maps also present a complicated conceptual information and interaction model when used in software. Using maps to convey information effectively can be a challenge. Map symbology – the words, shapes and graphics used on […]

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Alertable is Wireless Public Alert Ready!

Wireless public alerts (WPA) are now being sent to compatible smartphones in Canada. If you don’t have a compatible smartphone, no worries, we have you covered, check out our blog on how to get emergency alerts on your smartphone if it is not compatible. When you receive a wireless public alert, you will notice that […]

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Pros and cons of mass intrusive-based alerting systems

This is a continuation of a series about the three main types of alerting systems; subscription, opt-in, and mass/intrusive. The first article described subscription-based systems and the second opt-in based systems. A mass/intrusive system can be defined as one where the message is no longer targeted at individual subscribers, rather to all people who may […]

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Wireless emergency alerting: a personal story

Wireless public alerting is coming into effect in Canada in this week!. Here’s some insight on what to expect based on personal experience last November 2017 with the equivalent system in the United States. Ironically, I was attending the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) annual conference in Long Beach, California when a wireless emergency […]

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How to get emergency alerts when your phone is silenced

A common concern we’ve heard about emergency alerting solutions that call phones with a recorded message, send a text or send an email is that the message may be late at night when people have their phones silenced. People don’t hear the call, text or email and only discover that there was an emergency hours […]

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How to get emergency alerts on your smartphone if it is not compatible

We are as excited as you are about emergency alerts coming to smartphones in Canada April 6, 2018. If you haven’t heard, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has mandated wireless cellular providers in Canada to broadcast critical, life-threatening emergency alerts to smartphones. You do not need to sign up for the service or […]

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“Pushing The Limits” – Limitations of Push Notifications for Emergency Alerts

Citizens spend the majority of their digital time on mobile, web and social media. People carry smartphones wherever they go, be that in their home, at work, while commuting, or traveling longer distances. Push notifications take advantage of the mobile channel to reach these citizens. But this is not without limitations. To receive push notifications, […]

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Pros and cons of opt-in based alerting systems

This is a continuation in a series about the three main types of alerting systems; subscription, opt-in, and intrusive. The first article described the pros and cons of subscription-based alerting systems. An opt-in based system can be defined as one where an external party handles all of the aspects of contact management on your behalf. […]

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Tap, tap…is this thing on?

So, you’ve downloaded the new Alertable app, you’ve set the location (or locations) to be alerted for, you’re ready (and excited) to start using it and…nothing. “No alerts found for your locations”. You close the app and re-open it. Still the same. Nothing. Zippo. Nada. You’re left feeling at a loss, wondering “is this it??” […]

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Boiling Points – Drinking Water Details Matter

Despite being known for its renewable freshwater, it’s not uncommon for Canada to have thousands of people living under drinking water advisories. A 2015 report from The Council of Canadians found that in January of that year there were at least 1,838 drinking water advisories in effect (www.canadians.org/sites/default/files/publications/report-drinking-water-0315.pdf). The Canadian Profile of the Common Alerting Protocol […]

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