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Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety Prevents Tragedy.

Federal Signal alerting and notification technology plays key role

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On the evening of October 22, 2008, the Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Department of Public Safety responded to a missing person complaint. After exhausting options to locate the missing person, the Department of Public Safety activated its Federal Signal SmartMSG critical communication system to reach out to the community for assistance.

After an argument, a 67-year old woman trekked out into the cold autumn evening sparsely clothed and shoeless. The cold weather created hypothermia concerns for first responders, so the officers quickly searched the area -- with no results. A tracking dog and sheriff's helicopter equipped with a thermal imaging camera also failed to find the missing woman.

Technology averts tragedy

At this point, the City of Bloomfield Hills activated its Codespear-enabled Federal Signal SmartMSG critical communication system to reach out to residents for help. The Federal Signal SmartMSG system can speed web-based alerts to people and groups over mobile phones, e-mail, computers, pagers and other communications devices. Within five minutes after a local citizen received the SmartMSG alert, the missing woman was found hiding under a bench near her home.

Acting Chief Paul Myszenski at the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety said, "Public safety and security is our top priority, and instant alerting and notification technology from Federal Signal enabled our first responders to quite possibly save a life."

Alerting and notification systems from Federal Signal enable secure, reliable and redundant mission-critical communications for progressive communities, including Abbeville County, S.C., the City of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Wayne County, Mich.

The Federal Signal SmartMSG system is part of the Federal Signal Public Safety Systems industry platform. For details, visit:

About Federal Signal

Federal Signal Corporation enhances the safety, security and well-being of communities and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and institutional customers. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., with manufacturing facilities worldwide, the Company operates three groups: Safety and Security Systems, Environmental Solutions and Fire Rescue. For more information on Federal Signal, visit:

CONTACT: John Segvich of Federal Signal Corporation Safety and Security Systems Group, +1-708-587-3486,

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