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City of Pasadena
News Release
Friday, December 02, 2011

City’s Nixle Alerts Service Wins 2011 Homeland Security Award
Nixle Connect a Valuable Resident Contact Service While Nixle InterConnect
Helps Meet Employee Communication Needs

Nixle, a provider of mass notification services for public safety that Pasadena has used for more than a year, received the Best Mass Notification System award in the Government Security News (GSN) 2011 Homeland Security Awards on November 17 for its Nixle Connect service. This free public notification service allows government organizations to securely communicate with the public via text/SMS, e-mail, and Internet posts. The annual GSN Homeland Security Awards program recognizes the ongoing public-private partnership between all branches of federal, state and local government in the United States and the private sector vendors of IT security and physical security products.

“We first began using Nixle over a year ago, and it remains a valuable addition to our other public information tools and emergency notification channels,” commented Wayne Holt, Publications Manager for the City of Pasadena. “It doesn’t surprise us that Nixle has received this award. We’ve found it to be one of the best options to distribute ‘must see’ information such as emergency messages and weather-related alerts. Events and activities that we can’t quickly share using traditional methods also benefit from this service. And we’re excited to begin integrating Nixle InterConnect to assist in internal communications with emergency operations center personnel and other city employees.”

The City of Pasadena encourages residents to sign up for Nixle notifications to receive important and timely information in emergencies using their choice of text/SMS, e-mail, and Internet posts. Citizens can register to receive messages from the City of Pasadena and other local agencies by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777. Online registration is also available at

Eric Liu, CEO of Nixle said, “We are proud to be providing Pasadena with both Nixle Connect and InterConnect for their communications with the public and internal employees. It is always encouraging to hear feedback from an early adopter of our services and know that it has received positive responses from citizens and the media. We look forward to hearing future successes from the City of Pasadena and other agencies using Nixle.”

About Nixle
Founded in 2007, Nixle is a leader in secure notification services for law enforcement and government agencies. More than 4,600 government agencies throughout the United States use Nixle to communicate with residents via SMS mobile text messaging (1.4 million a month), email (3.6 million a month), the Web, and mobile applications. Over 660,000 citizens rely upon the system. Nixle has partnered with Nlets to offer the only public messaging service on the International Justice and Public Safety network, a system owned by the fifty states and serving every criminal justice agency in the US and Canada. Nixle is a privately held company based in San Francisco, CA.

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