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The Interactive Defense System has been getting some great media coverage for following our October 5 announcement that the Dunwoody (Georgia) Police Department has installed it and invited residents to join. As you may know, IDS is a communications platform for citizens, cities and public-safety agencies. More than 1,200 Dunwoody residents have signed on to its IDS network, thanks in part to the TV reports.

Screen capture of CBS-Atlanta interviewing Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan

CBS-Atlanta affiliate aired a segment on an afternoon broadcast in mid-October that focussed, somewhat strangely, on a resident’s concerns about giving her address to police. From what I understand, the station followed up at 6 p.m. or 11 p.m. with a more positive spin, which apparently answers the questions that the first broadcast set up.

We were especially thrilled at the two-minute segment that WSB-TV, Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, aired last week. It presented a fairly thorough summary of IDS’s functions and interviews with police officers and a Dunwoody resident who has been active on the system.

And 11 Alive, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, aired its own report on Dunwoody Police and IDS last night at 11 p.m.–shorter than the others, but positive. It included a nice explanation of IDS’s Filing Cabinet feature.

A big thank-you to all three stations and to Dunwoody residents and police!

This post was updated with a link to 11 Alive’s report after the report aired.

Interactive Defense’s updated, overhauled website is now live at http://www.interactivedefense.com.

The site includes several new pages with additional information about IDS, and will eventually include a demonstration video in Flash and possibly interfaces that will be modeled on those used by our customers — police officers and city residents.

A couple of weeks ago, the service signed its first major customer, a forward-thinking and influential police department in the metro-Atlanta area. We’ll make a more formal announcement in conjunction with the city in the next couple of weeks when the city is ready to launch its own multimedia awareness campaign.

Meanwhile, we’re moving forward in discussions with public-safety agencies in several other sizable cities. The overhauled website is part of the next phase: making it easier for new client cities to adopt IDS in a smoother, more automated fashion that won’t require extensive visits to the cities, as the first few rollouts are requiring.

Interactive Defense System is a groundbreaking platform for city residents and police officers to communicate with one another. It allows police to put out immediate text- and e-mail alerts on missing children, criminal suspects and dangerous situations. It allows residents to share crime tips more directly with officers and with each other, request officer assistance, and notify police when their homes will be vacant due to moves or vacation.

Interactive Defense, LLC, is a joint venture of F3 Technologies, Inc., and Noble Heroes, Inc. IDS is a specialized version of F3’s Interaction Community Systems networking solution for homeowners associations and other member groups. Several common features and the ability to connect the two platforms translate into sales synergy: When city governments and public-safety agencies adopt IDS, residents in those cities get a look at what Interaction can do for their homeowners associations and realize how easy it is to adopt Interaction.

IDS includes two unique virtual networks: Safety Center for community members and HeroSpace for municipal employees. The Safety Center allows police and residents to trade up-to-the-minute information on important safety issues. HeroSpace is a professional network for firefighters, police officers and other municipal employees that fosters interdepartmental collaboration and the efficient use of time and resources.

A police department can invite residents to join its Interactive Defense network using contact information that other municipal departments already have on file. In most cases, residents and municipal employees will be able to access Interactive Defense through one or more of the city’s existing websites.

F3 Technologies, Inc., and Noble Heroes, Inc., are preparing to relaunch the website of Interactive Defense System, the public-safety platform we developed. The overhauled site will go live around July 13 or 14; in the meantime, here’s a preview:

The site will include new pages with additional information about IDS, and will eventually include a demonstration video in Flash and interfaces modeled on those used by our customers — police officers and city residents.

Interactive Defense, LLC, recently signed its first major customer, a forward-thinking and influential police department in the metro-Atlanta area, and is moving forward in discussions with public-safety agencies in several other sizable cities. The overhauled website is part of the next phase: making it easier for new client cities to adopt IDS in a smoother, more automated fashion.

A little background on Interactive Defense System: it’s our groundbreaking platform for city residents and police officers to communicate with one another. It allows police to put out immediate text- and e-mail alerts on missing children, criminal suspects and dangerous situations. It allows residents to share crime tips more directly with officers and with each other, request officer assistance, and notify police when their homes will be vacant due to moves or vacation.

Interactive Defense System is a specialized version of F3’s Interaction Community Systems networking solution for homeowners associations and other member groups. Several common features and the ability to connect the two platforms translate into sales synergy: When city governments and public-safety agencies adopt IDS, residents in those cities get a look at what Interaction can do for their homeowners associations and realize how easy it is to adopt Interaction.

But back to IDS. It includes two unique virtual networks: Safety Center for community members and HeroSpace for municipal employees. The Safety Center allows police and residents to trade up-to-the-minute information on important safety issues. HeroSpace is a professional network for firefighters, police officers and other municipal employees that fosters interdepartmental collaboration and the efficient use of time and resources.

A police department can invite residents to join its Interactive Defense network using contact information that other municipal departments already have on file. In most cases, residents and municipal employees will be able to access Interactive Defense through one or more of the city’s existing websites.

Our first subscription agreement for Interactive Defense is now signed!  Per the request of the city, we will be announcing the formal signing of the contract in conjunction with a city-initiated multimedia educational campaign in August.

In the meantime, the team is working closely with city officials as they prepare for a pilot launch of site to 3 local homeowner associations in the next 2 weeks.

For more information on this contract, see the press release we put out when the client signed a letter of intent.