NC4, RAINS in strategic partnership

Published 2 February 2006

Here is an example of collaboration between two organizations whose missions — and technologies — complement each other nicely

El Segundo, California-based National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination (NC4), and Portland, Oregon-based Regional Alliances for Infrastructure and Network Security (RAINS), a nonprofit public/private organization dedicated to accelerating technological innovation in homeland security and public safety, have announced a strategic partnership. NC4 alerts which come from multiple nationwide sources including online dispatch, radio traffic, and 9-1-1 centers will now be available to RAINS’s Connect & Protect program. The partnership will improve the quality of time-sensitive information that Connect & Protect disseminates to schools, emergency responders, critical infrastructure sectors, and other public safety stakeholders, allowing them to respond more quickly to an incident or emergency.

NC4 operates incident monitoring centers on the east and west coasts of the United States and provides customized alerts, mapping, video, and other critical information on breaking incidents and emergencies allowing subscribers to make quick decisions to protect life and property. The partnership gives NC4 a seat on the RAINS board of directors. NC4’s Richard Andrews, who sits on DHS’s Advisory Council, joins board members from Alion Science and Technology, BAE Systems, ESRI, Regional Emergency Management Group, SignaCert, Swan Island Networks, the city of Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications, and Portland State University.

-read more at NC4 Web site