November 19, 2007
Loudoun County Schools Implement WeatherBug(R) Protect(TM)
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Loudoun County's 72 public schools have implemented a severe weather-alerting service from WeatherBug(R) Professional and Sprint (NYSE: S). The location-based system, WeatherBug Protect, is available on Sprint phones and is designed to enhance student and staff safety throughout the school day and at outdoor events during the afternoon and evening.
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Loudoun County Public Schools are the first in the Mid-Atlantic region to implement WeatherBug Protect. More than 160 Sprint phones outfitted with WeatherBug Protect will be distributed among faculty and athletic directors at every high, middle and elementary school across the county. In addition, every principal will receive WeatherBug Protect alerts via their Blackberry device.
"It is imperative that relevant notifications reach the right people giving them enough early warning to take action," said Chris Brozenick, vice president of product management, WeatherBug. "This joint solution from Sprint and WeatherBug Professional provides Loudoun County Public Schools with vital information during time-sensitive events such as lightning or rising temperatures, enabling students and staff to stay safe during severe weather events."
Based on predefined parameters, any phone within a six mile radius of a severe threat will receive alerts from the WeatherBug Protect system. Custom alerts from the WeatherBug Network such as heat index, lightning detection warnings, wind gusts, as well as all the standard severe weather alerts issued from the National Weather Service (NWS) are sent to the Sprint GPS-enabled phones. Additionally, during an outdoor activity for instance, faculty and staff carrying the Sprint phones can confirm they have received notification of the severe weather-related event while moving the students to safety.
"Through this partnership with WeatherBug, Sprint continues its commitment to providing innovative applications and services that improve student safety by enabling better communications between students, staff and faculty," said David Boker, public sector account manager, Sprint.
Broward County Schools in South Florida have relied on WeatherBug Protect for more than a year and have made critical decisions such as delaying school dismissal due to tornado warnings. Sprint and WeatherBug also have delivered this system to the National Football League (NFL). The NFL uses Sprint's GPS-enabled phones equipped with WeatherBug Protect to ensure the safety of its players and spectators during games.
WeatherBug (http://www.weatherbug.com and http://www.weatherbugprofessional.com) ensures that individuals, schools, businesses and government agencies receive the most precise live weather information, the most relevant weather reports and the earliest weather warnings to safeguard property and lives and to plan with confidence. With a worldwide network of weather sensors, WeatherBug Tracking Stations and cameras primarily based at neighborhood schools and public safety facilities across the U.S., WeatherBug maintains the largest exclusive weather network in the world. The live local weather conditions are delivered to millions of consumers via the Internet and mobile devices; to more than 100 state and local government agencies, including the National Weather Service; and to broadcast television stations, schools and businesses. WeatherBug is a brand of AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. (http://www.aws.com)
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving about 54 million customers at the end of the third quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com.
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