May 6, 2019 by Rob McMahon

MC-Edge™ Protects Critical Early Warning Systems

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Industries: 9-1-1 & Law Enforcement Energy Industries

Topics: ASTRO P25 Infrastructure Cybersecurity Industrial Internet of Things

When the ominous storm clouds gather and the sky turns an eerie shade of green, even a few seconds headstart can make a difference in finding shelter. Providing this advanced alerting during emergencies is critical to ensuring communities stay safe.

The past 30 years has seen the use of early warning systems for severe weather events – including tornadoes, floods and lightning – which have substantially reduced the number of disaster-related deaths and injuries. In fact, the use of early warning sirens for tornadoes has decreased mortality rates by nearly 50 percent and injury rates by 40 percent.

Unfortunately, these early warning systems are often integrated into an infrastructure that is unsecure. This leaves these critical systems increasingly open to dangerous security breaches, as evidenced by recent hacks of tornado siren systems.

While the danger of false alarms resulting from hacked systems is real, the ability to prevent loss of life and minimize panic is a significant motivation for maintaining an early warning system. That’s where MC-Edge™ comes in.

For agencies looking to better protect and secure their municipalities and their mass alerting systems, MC-Edge provides end-to-end alerting capabilities. As a result, operators and system maintenance personnel are able to manage notification and alert systems over your secure mission critical LMR network.

Most importantly, MC-Edge is able to leverage existing P25 systems. This ensures better and more secure communications, with the early warning alerting system transmitting its information using end-to-end encryption and redundancy. This intelligent gateway protects the sensitive data from cyber attacks and potential hackers – keeping the system secure.

Early warning can be a critical differentiator when a disaster hits. Make sure those systems stay secure with MC-Edge.

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