The conference of the state Ministers of the Interior of the German länder met in Bremen December 5 and 6 to take decisions on the digital network for the country’s civil defense agencies and organizations (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben, BOS). The publicized plan gives short shrift to the demands of fire departments, thus endangering the alerting of rescue teams in rural locations. e*Message has devoted a website to this topic: visit www.bos alarmierung.de.
e*Message has set up a 24-hour hotline for the German flood regions and provided immediate disaster aid free of charge. The current floods in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg have severely damaged both terrestrial and mobile telephone networks. e*Message has therefore provided regional rescue services with pagers to enable them to communicate. Alerting messages are sent over e*Message’s satellite network. Professional firefighters in Dresden, Cottbus, Jerichower Land and other districts were the first to be equipped with pagers.
In June, 2002, the conference of State Ministers of the Interior of the German länder will disscuss the founding of an interstate network for the country’s civil defence agencies and organizations (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben, BOS). In March, e*Message took part in an advisory committee on this topic. e*Message offers an appropriate infrastructure for such a network right now, as well as advanced solutions for the security and emergency agencies, including alerting systems for fire departments and civil defence services.
Two special e*Skyper programmes are being launched to cover the Football World Cup in Korea and Japan. Live news and a table of the 64 matches are presented on Channel 54, while results, daily summaries and World Cup news are available on Channel 60.
The European e*Message group recently took over a service previously operated by Sila Communications (formerly IFX). e*Stoxxs, the new pager service, features professional stock-exchange news, n tv financial news, and a “raw product” for resellers. The financial content is provided by Reuters and includes nearly 1000 constantly updated share prices.
A new e*Skyper programme started on February 8, together with the Olympic Games. Users are kept informed 24 hours a day on the latest sports results in Salt Lake City — including the current crop of medals for every country. e*Skyper’s Programme 60 is now the EventSports channel.