SCC Communications Enhances Telephone-Based Warning System; Web Interface Technology Increases Efficiency and User Control

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from SCC Communications Corp.

    BOULDER, Colo., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In a further effort to enhance
 public safety by incorporating advanced technology, SCC Communications Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   SCCX) today announced the addition of a Web-based interface to its
 industry-leading Emergency Warning and Evacuation(SM) (EWESM) system.  With
 this new enhancement, customers may now launch notification events from a Web-
 enabled computer using EWE's client package-making it the most robust and
 efficient notification solution available for public safety agencies.
     EWE utilizes the telephone to rapidly identify, notify and instruct
 targeted individuals about impending emergencies such as natural disasters or
 civil disturbances.  With more than 90% of households today enabled with at
 least one telephone, EWE is a more effective notification system than
 traditional solutions, such as sirens and television broadcast alerts.  By
 reaching more individuals more quickly, the system provides individuals in
 danger more time to prepare and evacuate.
     Now, through its Web interface, EWE provides public safety agencies with
 the flexibility to highlight on a map exact geographical areas most at risk
 and notify the individuals living in those areas through the delivery of
 thousands of emergency messages - all in a matter of minutes.  In the event of
 an emergency notification, EWE reduces the time needed to manage and route
 messages to the public, gaining precious minutes for public safety officials
 responding to critical incidents, such as natural disasters that require
 evacuations.
     "SCC is committed to enhancing public safety through the incorporation of
 advanced technologies," said George Heinrichs, co-founder and CEO of SCC.
 "With EWE's new Web-based interface and technology, we are significantly
 improving the way emergency notification systems operate.  In this business,
 efficiency equals minutes, and precious minutes save lives.  Additionally, we
 will leverage our technological expertise and our experience with EWE to
 introduce innovative notification applications in the future."
 
     How it works
     System administrators and public safety officials responsible for
 emergency notification can activate the EWE system by calling SCC's Emergency
 Call Relay Center (ECRC), record an alert message and then define the target
 location threatened by the emergency situation.  EWE then verifies the
 information, and immediately launches the message to those telephone numbers
 located within the emergency zone.  SCC's ECRC benefits customers by offering
 "around-the-clock" access to its EWE services.
     Now with the added feature of a Web interface, customers have the option
 of logging onto an ultra-secure Web site and initiating a notification,
 viewing area maps, customizing procedures, launching the notification, and
 maintaining preplanned events.  Additionally, the EWE Web-based application
 allows for greater flexibility and accuracy when selecting geographical areas
 to receive messages -- customers can view online maps to better determine
 areas to be notified.  Once selected, EWE will send the emergency notification
 to numbers within the selected areas.
 
     Additional EWE Enhancements
     In addition to the application of Web-based functionality, new
 enhancements to EWE include features that further increase system control,
 including a new call-back feature allowing "all-clear" or event update
 messages to be sent, as well as the ability to visually review real-time event
 reports.  Other system upgrades include specific number exclusion, address
 specification notification, advanced call prioritization, and security and
 maintenance advancements.
     EWE is marketed and sold to telecommunication providers and public safety
 agencies.  The telecommunications providers that purchase EWE from SCC may
 choose to re-brand the service under their own label, and in certain regions
 of the country EWE may only be available as a re-branded service of such
 providers.
 
     About SCC Communications Corp.
     SCC Communications Corp. (Nasdaq:   SCCX) is the leading provider of
 mission-critical data management services, notification technologies and
 supporting services to wireless and wireline telecommunications companies and
 public safety organizations across the United States.  Today, SCC provides
 connectivity and data services to incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs),
 competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), integrated communications
 providers (ICPs) and wireless carriers.  SCC provides services to 21 leading
 wireless telecommunications carriers and 41 leading wireline
 telecommunications carriers.  SCC currently manages the records of more than
 100 million wireline and wireless telephone subscribers, including 5.4 million
 CLEC subscribers and more than 3.7 million wireless subscribers.  The company
 also develops next-generation, IP-based notification systems and innovative
 solutions for the location-based wireless service market.  To receive SCC
 press releases and company updates via e-mail, please register at the
 company's Web site: http://www.scc911.com
 
 

SOURCE SCC Communications Corp.
    BOULDER, Colo., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In a further effort to enhance
 public safety by incorporating advanced technology, SCC Communications Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   SCCX) today announced the addition of a Web-based interface to its
 industry-leading Emergency Warning and Evacuation(SM) (EWESM) system.  With
 this new enhancement, customers may now launch notification events from a Web-
 enabled computer using EWE's client package-making it the most robust and
 efficient notification solution available for public safety agencies.
     EWE utilizes the telephone to rapidly identify, notify and instruct
 targeted individuals about impending emergencies such as natural disasters or
 civil disturbances.  With more than 90% of households today enabled with at
 least one telephone, EWE is a more effective notification system than
 traditional solutions, such as sirens and television broadcast alerts.  By
 reaching more individuals more quickly, the system provides individuals in
 danger more time to prepare and evacuate.
     Now, through its Web interface, EWE provides public safety agencies with
 the flexibility to highlight on a map exact geographical areas most at risk
 and notify the individuals living in those areas through the delivery of
 thousands of emergency messages - all in a matter of minutes.  In the event of
 an emergency notification, EWE reduces the time needed to manage and route
 messages to the public, gaining precious minutes for public safety officials
 responding to critical incidents, such as natural disasters that require
 evacuations.
     "SCC is committed to enhancing public safety through the incorporation of
 advanced technologies," said George Heinrichs, co-founder and CEO of SCC.
 "With EWE's new Web-based interface and technology, we are significantly
 improving the way emergency notification systems operate.  In this business,
 efficiency equals minutes, and precious minutes save lives.  Additionally, we
 will leverage our technological expertise and our experience with EWE to
 introduce innovative notification applications in the future."
 
     How it works
     System administrators and public safety officials responsible for
 emergency notification can activate the EWE system by calling SCC's Emergency
 Call Relay Center (ECRC), record an alert message and then define the target
 location threatened by the emergency situation.  EWE then verifies the
 information, and immediately launches the message to those telephone numbers
 located within the emergency zone.  SCC's ECRC benefits customers by offering
 "around-the-clock" access to its EWE services.
     Now with the added feature of a Web interface, customers have the option
 of logging onto an ultra-secure Web site and initiating a notification,
 viewing area maps, customizing procedures, launching the notification, and
 maintaining preplanned events.  Additionally, the EWE Web-based application
 allows for greater flexibility and accuracy when selecting geographical areas
 to receive messages -- customers can view online maps to better determine
 areas to be notified.  Once selected, EWE will send the emergency notification
 to numbers within the selected areas.
 
     Additional EWE Enhancements
     In addition to the application of Web-based functionality, new
 enhancements to EWE include features that further increase system control,
 including a new call-back feature allowing "all-clear" or event update
 messages to be sent, as well as the ability to visually review real-time event
 reports.  Other system upgrades include specific number exclusion, address
 specification notification, advanced call prioritization, and security and
 maintenance advancements.
     EWE is marketed and sold to telecommunication providers and public safety
 agencies.  The telecommunications providers that purchase EWE from SCC may
 choose to re-brand the service under their own label, and in certain regions
 of the country EWE may only be available as a re-branded service of such
 providers.
 
     About SCC Communications Corp.
     SCC Communications Corp. (Nasdaq:   SCCX) is the leading provider of
 mission-critical data management services, notification technologies and
 supporting services to wireless and wireline telecommunications companies and
 public safety organizations across the United States.  Today, SCC provides
 connectivity and data services to incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs),
 competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), integrated communications
 providers (ICPs) and wireless carriers.  SCC provides services to 21 leading
 wireless telecommunications carriers and 41 leading wireline
 telecommunications carriers.  SCC currently manages the records of more than
 100 million wireline and wireless telephone subscribers, including 5.4 million
 CLEC subscribers and more than 3.7 million wireless subscribers.  The company
 also develops next-generation, IP-based notification systems and innovative
 solutions for the location-based wireless service market.  To receive SCC
 press releases and company updates via e-mail, please register at the
 company's Web site: http://www.scc911.com
 
 SOURCE  SCC Communications Corp.