Hospitals and Police Departments in States Prone to Severe Weather Among First to Trial the Service to Support Mission Critical Applications
ALEXANDRIA, Va. and Germantown, Md., June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging and communications services, and WeatherBug(R), the leading provider of live, local weather information services, today announced an agreement to provide WeatherBug Professional's severe weather alert service to USA Mobility's paging customers and its Sprint GPS-enabled handset customers.
Available immediately, the service integrates live severe weather alerts from the proprietary network of WeatherBug Tracking Stations -- including 8,000 across the United States -- with alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) and allows enterprise and government users to better plan for the impact that severe weather can have on property and lives as well as better protect and alert citizens in advance of a severe weather event.
Hospitals and police departments in such states as Florida and North Carolina, which are prone to severe weather conditions, are among USA Mobility's first paging customers to use the service. These customers, including the St. John's County Sheriff's Department in St. Augustine, Fla., are using the service to support such mission critical applications as planning for an increase in emergencies due to extreme weather, including a high heat index, freezing temperatures, tornados and hurricanes.
"We are delighted to partner with WeatherBug to provide critical and timely severe weather alerts to our enterprise and government customers," said Mark Garzone, executive vice president of marketing at USA Mobility. "USA Mobility's highly reliable messaging networks, which cover more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, coupled with WeatherBug's superior national weather network will give our emergency care providers and first responders up-to-the-minute information to help them meet their organization's public service objectives."
WeatherBug provides severe weather alerts not available through any other service, and it is the only alerting service system to integrate live information from the WeatherBug Network of more than 8,000 WeatherBug Tracking Stations located throughout the country. These alerts, along with severe weather alerts issued from the NWS, deliver a complete view of conditions outside a user's specific location. Alerts such as wind gust monitoring, lightning detection and warnings and heat index allow users to protect lives and property with reliable, live information. WeatherBug matches weather alerts with each end-user's specific location -- whether it is a building address or for field personnel who move from location to location -- then formats and delivers the appropriate alert message so customers receive precise, relevant and immediate alerts.
Chris Brozenick, vice president of WeatherBug Mobile, said: "With nearly four million paging units in service and 60 percent of the U.S. paging market, USA Mobility represents a great opportunity for us and we are very excited to work with them. By offering their paging and mobile users accurate and reliable severe weather alerts, WeatherBug and USA Mobility are providing a valuable service that can help safeguard property and ensure public safety."
WeatherBug (http://www.weatherbug.com) ensures that individuals, schools, businesses and government agencies plan with confidence by providing the most precise live weather information, the most relevant weather reports, and the earliest weather warnings to safeguard property and lives. With more than 8,000 WeatherBug Tracking Stations and over 1,000 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, more than 100 state and local government agencies, including the National Weather Service, and to broadcast television stations, schools, and businesses. WeatherBug's data is unique as it is the only live, neighborhood weather available anywhere. WeatherBug is a brand of AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. (http://www.aws.com). For more information on WeatherBug Professional, please go to http://www.weatherbugprofessional.com.
About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace. The Company operates nationwide networks for both one-way paging and advanced two-way messaging services. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry devices and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset-tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit www.usamobility.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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