Community Text Alert Blog
Pin Point Community Alert named as a preferred text alert service provider by Muintir na Tire
We are delighted to announce that we have been named by Muintir Na Tire as one of their selected service providers to rollout the Community Text Alert iniative from Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2016. The announcement was officially made on Sept. 19th 2013 by Mr. James O'Neill, Director of Services for Muintir na Tire.
The road to this announcement started when Pin Point Alerts were invited by Muintir an Tire and Neighbourhood Watch to present their Text Alert service at Garda Siochana Headquarters on May 9th 2013. Our presentation was attended by Senior Gardai including Asst. Commissioner Jack Nolan, along with representatives from the IFA and Neighbourhood Watch. Mr. Liam Kelly, National Coordinator for Community Alert, represented Muintir na Tire. From May to September 2013 Pin Point Alerts attracted interested from a number of community alert groups and the service was successfully launched on May 23rd 2013. By September 2013 we received a letter from Muintir Na Tire acknowledging that Pin Point Community Text Alert was nominated as one of just two preferred text alert service providers to operate this programme.
"A selection process has taken place over the past 6 months to nominate a preferred service provider/providers. Pin Point Alert has been selected with one other, as the two service providers of choice to roll out this programme over the next 3 year period", according to Mr O'Neill. "Muintir na TÃre look forward to working closely with Brendan Cunningham and everyone at Pin Point Alerts in the coming months and years ahead," he continued.
The Pin Point Community Text Alert service has already been successfully implemented by a number of community groups across Ireland in the previous number of months. Our service is easy to understand and operate from the viewpoint of community alert group managers. Where we differ from our competitors is that our service is 100% automated and it is available 24:7. We offer Community Alert Groups and Gardai with direct access into our system so there is no need for a member of the community alert group to ever hold a community phone and this link is available 24:7, 365 days a year. Based on research by Muintir Na Tire the community-held phone is not best practice for Text Alert due to the responsibility it gives to the holder within a community. Muintir Na Tire's finding's identified three core issues with the community-held phone approach:
- Poor network coverage
- The sense that while holding the phone for a given period that they as volunteers were on call 24/7
- That they may become a target from local individuals who view them as a 'snitch' should that
- individual be involved in criminal activity.
There are hundreds of Text Alert providers providing services in Ireland. These include a range of local companies as well as international services that are available here. Therefore it is a privilege to be announced by Muintir Na Tire as one of just two nominated service providers to provide their Text Alert initiative between Sept. 2013 and Sept. 2016. Our service is extremely reliable, it is based on technology developed in-house by Pin Point Alerts and is therefore easy to extend and improve depending on the individual needs of community alert groups. Get in touch if your group are keen to set up a Community Text Alert that has the full support and approval of Muintir Na Tire.
The original letter Pin Point received from Muintir Na Tire about this announcement is located below and is also available for print by clicking here. The print version is useful for group managers who wish to return to their committee with a recommendation letter about the Pin Point Text Alert service as part of their discussions about selecting a service provider.
About Muintir Na Tire
"Muintir na TÃre, the national organisation promoting community development in Ireland, was established in 1937 by John M Canon Hayes, the first unit of which was launched in Tipperary town in November of that year. This was the beginning of Canon Hayes'™ rural community idea which was to develop and expand into a comprehensive movement designed to raise the standard of living of people in all aspects of Irish rural life. The emphasis was on local improvement '“ social, economic, cultural and recreational '“ based on the participation of people themselves in the promotion of the welfare of their community. Through its core principles of neighbourliness, self-help and self-reliance, Muintir na TÃre has promoted and supported the concept of active community participation and championed the idea of community development in both Ireland and Europe. From the early 60's the organisation adopted the United Nations definition of the Community Development process, which states that it is 'a process designed to create conditions of economic and social progress for the whole community with the fullest possible reliance upon the communities own initiative'. This definition reflects Muintir na TÃre'™s approach to this process which is based around 'the whole community' as a unit of organisation through which social, economic, cultural and environmental development can take place."
Source: : http://muintir.ie/about-us/
About Pin Point Community Text Alert
Pin Point Community Text Alert was established by Pin Point Alerts Ltd during 2013 to coincide with the launch of a national strategy for Community Text Alert. This national strategy was launched in partnership with Neighbourhood Watch, Muintir na Tire and An Garda Siochana. This strategy was formalised by An Garda Siochana when they published a set of Garda Text Alert Guidelines that were launched at the National Ploughing Championships on Sept 24th 2013.