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E Team First Release 2 - Government Edition

E Team First to Offer Interoperable Incident Management System for Homeland Security

Release 2 - Government Edition Enables All Players Critical to an Emergency Response to Collaborate In Real Time

Los Angeles, CA, USA. December 17, 2002

E Team, the proven, market-leading provider of collaborative software for emergency and event management, announced today that its Release 2 - Government Edition is now available. Release 2 solves the crucial problem of interoperability among government agencies with a collaborative information-sharing platform that enables first responders, emergency managers, public health agencies and executive management to create and immediately share the critical information needed to prepare for, respond to and recover from major incidents.

Interoperability is a challenge that must be addressed for Homeland Security systems to be truly effective, as noted in the Hart-Rudman report titled "America Still Unprepared" released by the Council on Foreign Relations. E Team is the first to address this challenge, both with its new Release 2 and its efforts to help create an industry consortium to foster open XML-based standards for emergency management systems.

"E Team's Release 2 - Government Edition is the first product to deliver true user interoperability for EOCs (Emergency Operations Centers) and other agencies, with benefits you can track up and down the line," said Rick Comerford, Emergency Manager, City of Orlando. "Release 2 is a force multiplier that allows you to reduce staff requirements, and its improved, user-friendly interface makes it a snap to use."

"We have successfully used E Team for a wide range of incidents from hurricanes and the West Nile virus to training and planned events, including the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras," said Matt Farlow, Division Chief, Information Technology, Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness. "Release 2 - Government Edition provides enhancements to E Team's already tested and proven solution in our EOC."

E Team's Release 2 enables public agencies to harness the power of teamwork by offering true agency to multi-agency interoperability as an essential element of its core functionality. With this advancement, which is based on XML open standards, the E Team solution enables all users to share data vertically as well as across agencies and jurisdictions; partition shared data by type and destination; and transfer control and ownership of any shared incident management document to another E Team system (for example, city to state, state to federal). This capability is crucial when responding to Homeland Security threats, as well as natural and manmade disasters and other emergencies.

In addition to true interoperability, E Team's Release 2 offers significant new features including enhanced GIS mapping, Crystal Reports interface, RealTime Messaging, and enhanced personnel profiling.

To further accelerate the implementation of interoperability in the industry, E Team has taken the lead in creating a standards body known as the Emergency XML (EM-XML) Consortium. The Consortium represents a cross section of companies providing emergency management solutions and is committed to creating an open XML-based standard for emergency management data exchange by the end of 2003.

"We are excited to introduce interoperability into the marketplace," said Lewis H. Stanton, CEO of E Team. "Our product has already been proven time and again under the most challenging circumstances, including New York City's unprecedented response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now, by incorporating true interoperability into our solution, E Team is even more valuable to our customers and exemplifies the company's commitment to respond to their needs and real-world lessons learned in the field."

About E Team

Founded in 1998, E Team provides the most highly evolved enterprise-level collaborative software to public agencies and corporations for use in emergency response management, facility and event security, disaster preparedness and recovery, and business continuity. E Team's collaborative software harnesses the power of teamwork by connecting all the key players critical to an effective incident response and ensuring that the right information gets to the right people at the right time. As a result, E Team customers are able to prepare better, respond faster, and recover sooner whenever health and safety, the environment, and public or business assets are at risk. The E Team solution has been completely proven in significant real world events, including New York City's response to 9/11, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Hurricanes Isidore and Lili, and the IMF protest demonstrations in Washington, D.C. The Company's strategic partners include IBM, SAIC, Unisys, ESRI, EDS, SunGard, and NC4. E Team is headquartered in Canoga Park, California.


Annie Baker
E Team Public Relations
Tel: +1 650-359-9005

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also : (1) "Leaders In The Emergency Management Industry Form EXML Consortium to Establish Interoperability Standards"; (2) "ComCARE Alliance Publishes XML-Based Emergency Incident Data Set Recommendation."

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