Croatia chooses Intersec GeoSafe for its new national public warning system
Paris, France, November 23, 2021 – Croatia has selected Intersec’s GeoSafe technology as the basis for its new national public warning system (PWS). The decision sees Croatia adopting a best practice response to the European mandate that all EU member states must implement a modern digital public warning system by June 2022.
Ingolf Ruh, Chief Revenue Officer, for Intersec says:
“The Croatian government wanted the best technology possible in order to serve its population in a crisis. Simply complying with the European regulations regarding public warning systems was not enough: they wanted to innovate and prepare for the future. As part of an end-to-end solution that enables government and network operators to work seamlessly together from the outset, GeoSafe will deliver a public warning system for Croatia that will keep citizens informed and protected for many years to come.”
Croatia has a population of over 4 million but attracts almost five times as many tourists annually (19.6 million in 2019). Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior and Civil Protection Directorate (MoI/CPD) was tasked with improving its current processes and introducing new communication channels to provide a single national system to alert citizens and visitors during a crisis. A key requirement was the ability to target specific segments of the population in real-time using mobile messaging, dependent on their (changing) position relative to the crisis.
Using a combination of cell broadcast and location-based SMS, Intersec GeoSafe provides the technology that will enable the MoI/CPD to provide early warning and subsequent crisis communications in case of national emergencies such as floods, fires, epidemics, or terrorist incidents. Providing critical alert aggregation capability, its powerful data processing will enable anonymized geolocation data to be used to provide the best possible information in an emergency. The system will also help to track whether messages have been received and how people are responding. GeoSafe can differentiate between users of Croatian mobile networks and foreign national operators, so crisis communications can be sent in foreign languages, in real-time, without violating personal data protection regulations.
Intersec partnered with Croatian companies King ICT and GDI to respond to the competitive tender. As one of four businesses bidding for the project, the Intersec consortium won by proving that its system was technically superior, offered robust data anonymization processes for maintaining citizen privacy, and could deliver a cost-efficient, future-proof solution at both governmental and network operator levels.
All three national telecommunications operators in Croatia have confirmed their participation in the project, thereby ensuring coverage of the entire Republic of Croatia, and enabling the government to reach up to 100% of mobile device users.
Charlotte Cardona, Communications Director
Email: charlotte.cardona [at] intersec.com
Founded in 2004, Intersec is a global leader in location and mobility data solutions. Intersec offers innovative and disruptive software enabling fast data analytics, mass communication, and AI-based decisions. Its industry-focused products enable private and public organizations to turn geodata into actionable insights in the fields of contextual marketing, geolocated advertising, public safety, smart cities, and the management of connected object fleets (IoTs). With more than 100 clients in 80 countries, Intersec currently enables its customers to leverage the location of nearly one billion humans and connected objects. Learn more at intersec.com.
Intersec selected by the French Ministry of the Interior to provide the population alerting platform on mobile phones
The Ministers of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili and of the Interior Gérald Darmanin announced, on September 24, 2020, during a visit to Rouen one year after the fire at the Lubrizol plant, the launch of an alert system for populations on their mobile phones. Intersec was successfully chosen to deploy the foundation of this system that is officially launching in the first half of 2022 with an aim to protect the population.
Paris, France, Thursday April 15, 2021 – Intersec is a big data software vendor based in Paris, la Défense. After an international competitive process, Intersec has been selected by the French Ministry of the Interior, to provide the solution that will result in sending each person, in the Metropolitan France and French overseas territories, an SMS alert in the event of danger to people or property.
The selection process involved providing communication in real-time to the services of the Ministry, the Civil Security services, smart cities, and Infrastructure service suppliers. Other broadcasting channels will also be provided to alert the population (digital channels, connection to the existing siren system, etc.)
The platform provided will include an application called GeoSafe Crisis Management which will be used by State services. There will also be a mediation platform which will allow alert messages to be routed to the infrastructures of mobile network operators that are present in the Metropolitan France such as in French overseas territories. The French government is negotiating with telecommunications operators for extensions to their network to be able to relay these alerts to their subscribers, depending on their geolocation. The alert messages do not require the prior installation of a smartphone application and can be transmitted to the 76 million mobile phones that are currently in circulation throughout France, as well as those of foreigners roaming in French territory.
The confidentiality of mobile subscribers data will be protected by an algorithm which presents location data to public service end users, in an anonymized and aggregated manner. This will be to enable the public services to fulfill their civil security missions, while keeping the location of mobile devices within the limits of the networks of telecommunication operators, who will send unitary messages to these recipients.
Intersec has become a leading global player in the supply to telecommunication operators and public authorities. Its solutions enhance and strengthen the protection of civilian populations e.g. by viewing the active location of a citizen on a distress call and the facilitation of access to all geolocation data during legal investigations etc.
Intersec is today a critical partner for public authorities, civil security services, smart cities, and telecommunication operators, as it accounts for the protection and security of populations around twenty-five customers in ten countries and five continents. Intersec currently enables access to the location of nearly 1 billion humans and connected objects.
Yann Chevalier, Intersec CEO declares today: “As a teenager, I regretted that my father, a civil servant, had no other choice than to spend whole evenings, and long hours on weekends, in an operational center in the prefecture, to prepare and distribute warning messages to various municipalities that were going to be affected by floods, mainly by iterating calls, faxes and telexes to the mayors who in turn would warn their citizens. I am happy that technology is now making it possible to provide a very fast, fully automated process that will reach as many people as possible and save lives. We are all proud, at Intersec, that our product has been selected by the French authorities after a very competitive process!"
Romain Moutard, Lieutenant Colonel of professional firefighters and Director of Projects at the DNUM of the Ministry of the Interior, in particular in charge of modernizing accessibility and receiving emergency communications for the security services, health and emergency services, adds: "we are pleased to have the skills, know-how and products necessary in Europe, allowing us to build a sovereign, first-rate alert solution, deploying without delay innovations and features developed only a few months ago. We have the ambition to build a solution that will be a European benchmark. We were seduced by the completeness of Intersec's solution, by its experience in delivering messages on a very large scale depending on the real-time location of recipients, and by the willingness of its teams to keep this solution at the forefront of the state of the art over the years to come”.
This selection by the French Ministry of the Interior validates the significant investment strategy implemented by Intersec in recent years, in product development and commercial development in five continents. In 2021, Intersec plans to recruit 30 to 40 employees in long-term jobs, to continue to enrich its GeoSafe offer and maintain market leadership, while approaching new customers around the world.
Founded in 2004 by three Ecole Polytechnique graduates, Olivier Guillaumin, Yann Chevalier and Jean-Marc Coïc, Intersec has built a platform for managing activity and mobility data. Intersec deploys very high-speed message sending capabilities, and artificial intelligence algorithms. It enables one hundred leading customers in eighty countries around the world to implement uses in the field of contextual marketing, geolocated advertising, public safety, smart cities management, and the management of connected object fleets (IoTs). The company is financed by prestigious institutional investors such as Innovacom-Turenne Capital, Crédit Mutuel Innovation, Highland Capital Partners Europe and Omnes Capital. Regularly awarded for its innovations, Intersec is financially supported by Bpifrance in its innovation and export development initiatives.
Network operators follow MoI lead in partnering with Intersec to deliver €50 million public warning system
Paris, France, 5 July 2021 – Responding to the European Commission mandate to establish a public warning system in case of a terrorist attack, France has set a significant procurement benchmark that establishes higher requirements and standards in deploying cutting-edge technology solutions. Geodata specialist Intersec, who was recently selected by the French Ministry of the Interior (MoI) to provide a new, targeted public warning system (PWS) using mobile phone technology, is now being chosen by the major mobile network operators in the country to expand their ability to support the national PWS.
The Intersec GeoSafe solution will enable the authorities to leverage emerging technologies such as fast location data processing, machine learning algorithms and Europe's Galileo navigation satellite system to track and respond to incidents as they arise. It delivers cutting-edge tools such as density maps, automatic selection of the appropriate communication channels depending on circumstances, in-app notifications, sirens and retargeting of populations as a crisis unfolds. It will also issue SMS text alerts in real time, tailored to the recipient’s proximity to an incident.
Commenting on the announcement Ingolf Ruh, Chief Revenue Officer at Intersec, said:
“I am delighted that our technology has been recognised in one of the largest European countries as the best way to provide a fast, fully automated process that will reach as many people as possible and save lives. As the only European vendor offering leading edge technology, Intersec had to compete against some major international players to win this contract. We successfully demonstrated that the depth of our knowledge in geodata and telecommunications can deliver a reliable, flexible and future-proofed solution.
He continues: “Although the mobile phone alerts will be the most visible part of this public warning system, it takes a lot more than a text to keep people safe. Our solution will offer the flexibility and responsiveness to keep government and populations informed and will remain technologically relevant for years to come, delivering the right data to the right people at the right time.”
Despite entering this market more recently than some of the rival bidders, Intersec was perfectly placed to fulfil the contract requirements, probably because its solution is not a legacy product that has had successive makeovers over the years but was built from the ground up using recent techniques such as fast data and AI. With offices on every continent, the company has more than 100 clients in 80 countries and currently enables access to the location of nearly one billion humans and connected objects. It first began developing software to deliver high volume data at speed for the telecoms sector, before carving a space developing location technology for the operators. A public alert system requires precisely this combination of speed and location accuracy, alongside an understanding of the implementation challenges at governmental and operator level.
Connected in a crisis
The platform provided by Intersec will include an application called GeoSafe Crisis Management, which will be used by State services. There will also be a mediation platform which will allow alert messages to be routed to the infrastructures of mobile network operators that are present in Metropolitan France and in French overseas territories. Following the innovative example set by the MoI, most major telecommunication operators in the country are preparing to adopt the Intersec solution.
Privacy and data security is of the utmost concern and the confidentiality of mobile subscribers’ data will be protected by an algorithm, which presents location data to public service end users in an anonymized and aggregated manner. This will enable the public services to fulfil their missions, while keeping the location of mobile devices within the confines of the networks of telecommunication operators, who will send unitary messages to these recipients.
The MoI selection process, which took nine months, asked companies to demonstrate how they would provide communication in real-time to the services of the Ministry, the Civil Security services, smart cities, and Infrastructure service suppliers. Any proposed solution also had to enable existing communications, such as siren systems, to be incorporated seamlessly into the new digital alert system.
Romain Moutard, Lieutenant Colonel of professional firefighters and Director of Projects at the MoI’s Department for Digitalisation (DNUM), has specific responsibility for modernising emergency communications for the security, health and emergency services. He says of the Intersec solution:
"We are pleased to have the skills, know-how and products necessary in Europe that will allow us to build a sovereign, first rate alert solution, enabling us to deploy without delay innovations and features as they become available. We have the ambition to build a solution that will be a European benchmark. We were attracted by the completeness of Intersec's solution, by its experience in delivering messages on a very large scale depending on the real-time location of recipients, and by the willingness of its teams to keep this solution at the cutting edge of technology over the years to come”.
- The need for a better way to deliver targeted, accurate and real-time data to people affected by major events such as natural disasters, industrial or transport accidents and terrorist attack has been evident internationally for some time. The project announcement was made by the Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili and Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin exactly one year after the fire at the Lubrizol chemical plant, which affected thousands of people and led to a government inquiry.
As a further incentive, the European Commission has mandated that every country in Europe should have a digital population alert system in place by 2022, and many EU member states are looking to France as the example to follow. France aims to have its new Intersec public warning system operational within the next 12 months.
Charlotte Cardona, Communications Director
Email: charlotte.cardona [at] intersec.com
Founded in 2004, Intersec is a global leader in activity and mobility data solutions. Intersec offers innovative and disruptive software enabling fast data analytics, mass communication, and AI-based decisions. Its industry-focused products enable private and public organizations to turn geodata into actionable insights in the fields of public safety, contextual marketing, geolocated advertising, smart cities, and the management of connected object fleets (IoTs). With more than 100 clients in 80 countries, Intersec currently enables its customers to leverage the location of nearly one billion humans and connected objects. Learn more at intersec.com.
GeoSafe is once again recognized a robust, helpful and efficient solution to help save lives
La Défense –September 10th, 2020
Intersec is proud to announce it is named the winner of a bronze Stevie® Award in the Business Technology Solution category in the 17th Annual International Business Awards® today with its GeoSafe solution.
Geosafe is a solution that provides public authorities with instant geolocated communications & population movement analysis. It offers a multi-modal Public Warning System enabling governments to deal with mass alerting via Location-based SMS as well as Cell Broadcast. By combining these mobile alerting technologies, GeoSafe provides local authorities and public safety agencies with an effective emergency communication flow to increase population reach in case of alert or disaster.
The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations. The 2020 IBAs received entries from organizations in 63 nations and territories.
With over 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry, competition was fierce and GeoSafe, once again, stood out, as we can read from the judges:
- “Very valuable service for public officials. Every second saved is valuable and Intersec is helping the public sector with a much-needed solution.”
- “By June 2022, the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) Article 110 requires
all EU countries to operate a public warning system that can send geo-targeted emergency alerts to all mobile phone users located in the affected area during a natural or man-made disaster. GeoSafe is a great product that combines both Cell Broadcast and Location-Based SMS as a public warning system. SMS bases warning system is especially helpful where a small population and no natural disaster is involved as it allows 2-way communication. CB is like a ‘digital siren’, the fastest and most reliable way to send a message during a rapid onset emergency. GeoSafe fulfills requirements under EECC Article 110.”
- “Intersec's Geosafe Public Warning System is an effective way for governments to broadcast messages based on the location of the people. It's definitely one of the solutions for the EU's requirement for PWS.”
Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 250 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from July through early September.