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Strategic Partnership formed to Connect Federal Signal Outdoor Warning Systems and CommanderOne Software to AccuWeather to Enhance Severe Weather Notifications
AccuWeather Global Weather Center - September 14, 2017 - AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced that Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) has signed a patent licensing agreement that gives Federal Signal the right to use nine (9) of AccuWeather's unique technology patents. AccuWeather has developed exclusive patented technologies to provide map-based weather alerting and polygon activation technologies through Federal Signal's CommanderOne® platform. The integration enhances community safety by providing real-time NOAA weather alerts to Federal Signal's CommanderOne® platform throughout the United States and Canada. While not disclosing the actual license pricing and value, AccuWeather's technology, integrated into Federal Signal's CommanderOne software, is leading innovation and technology and creates the only Mass Notification product in the market that can provide map-based alerts automatically.
"We are pleased that Federal Signal has joined with AccuWeather to utilize some of our patented technologies for the distribution of weather-related information," said Barry Lee Myers, Chief Executive Officer of AccuWeather. "By partnering with AccuWeather, Federal Signal has access to the best proprietary content and technologies to grow and expand their business."
Federal Signal's CommanderOne® is a cloud-based platform that allows emergency managers to monitor and control their mass notification systems from any desktop or mobile device. By integrating the platforms, CommanderOne® will receive display notifications from NOAA through AccuWeather's intellectual properties; allowing a mass notification system to automatically activate outdoor/indoor alerting systems and prompt a user to take appropriate actions.
"Communities rely on emergency notification systems to keep them safe; that is why it's imperative that we stay ahead of the game when offering mass notification systems," said Bruce Ross, director of Integrated Systems Division of Federal Signal. "It's crucial that our customers have a reliable system that provides real-time data, is easy to use, and allows them to notify targeted areas anytime from anywhere."
The CommanderOne® Platform offers emergency managers the following benefits:
• Ability to automatically activate outdoor/indoor sirens via NOAA issued polygons
• Predetermine actions for every Emergency Alert System (EAS) code
• Emergency mass notification via email and text message
• Customizable screen view using Bing® Maps
• System refresh every 30 seconds for current weather status
For more information regarding CommanderOne®, visit Federal Signal's website at www.fedsig.com/product/commanderone.
AccuWeather's IP licensing programs make it possible for partners to benefit from AccuWeather's unique, expanding IP portfolio and capabilities to help improve people's lives. For more information on available patents and flexible licensing programs, call 814-235-8600.
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About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
Over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available through smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites via AccuWeather.com, award winning AccuWeather apps, connected TVs, wearables, smart homes, and connected cars, as well as radio, television, newspapers, and the AccuWeather Network cable channel. Established in 1962 by Founder, Chairman, and President Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs book - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as weather news, content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award-winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world's most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.
About Federal Signal's Safety and Security Systems Group
Federal Signal's Safety and Security Systems Group is a leading manufacturer and supplier of comprehensive systems and products that law enforcement, fire rescue, emergency medical services, municipalities, military facilities, industrial sites and universities use to protect people and property. Offerings include systems for campus and community alerting, emergency vehicles, first responder interoperable communications and industrial communications, as well as command and municipal networked security systems. Specific products include vehicle lightbars and sirens, outdoor warning sirens, public address and general alarm systems and public safety software. For more information regarding the Safety and Security Systems Group, visit: www.fedsig.com
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