This morning we woke up to alerts on our mobile phones, announcing yet another terrorist attack in London. We live in dangerous times. With attacks happening around the world almost daily, it can make us feel helpless, as though there is nothing that can stop the bad guys. But the truth is, you can help. You have a powerful tool right in your hand.
There’s a reason that the apps we create are called ‘See Something Say Something.’ The use of crowd-sourcing to get early warning about safety and security incidents is powerful. It goes well beyond just an idea or TV plot, like CBS’ new show, Wisdom of The Crowd. This is real life and mobile apps are really helping.
Today is a day that defines why ELERTS does what it does. Was London a test run or a poorly made bomb? Time will tell. Agencies we have spoken with are on high terror alert, including airports and transits. Initial attacks are often followed by another. Thankfully, our customers are using ELERTS app to warn their riders to be vigilant, and to report anything suspicious. If your transit has a See Something Say Something app, please use it! Below is an image of our current transit agency customers, although more transits and other institutions are getting on board. 2-way communication is critical in a crisis. If you know a school, hospital, organization or transit that can benefit from such an app, let them know about ELERTS.
Your eyes and ears can make the difference. If we look back at the many incidents over the years – the Boston Marathon Bombing, the recent Barcelona bombing or any of the numerous London attacks this year – it is clear that early warning signs were there. If you see anything suspicious – an unattended bag, a lurker, a threatening individual, please report it. You are the key link between what’s happening on our streets, in our airports and in our transit systems, and the police who can help.
We are dedicated to making it easy to report suspicious activity with our apps. For more information, please reach out.
All of us at ELERTS stand with London today, and with you, every day.