TerrorTech LLC, developer of TerrorMate – the world’s first terror alert app, and the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Platinum Award Winner for Best Best Emergency Mobile Technology, uncovered the recent online threat made against Prince George and shared the intelligence with British counter terrorist authorities.
This information, together with other intelligence gathered by British services, led to an arrest and potentially prevented a terrorist attack.
Earlier this month, a would-be Islamic State fighter who appeared in a British court, was accused of assisting in a plot to attack Prince George.
(Would-be Islamic State fighter who appeared in a British court, has been accused of assisting in a plot to attack Prince George. Courtesy of Wochit News and YouTube. Posted onDec 6, 2017)
Prosecutors said Husnain Rashid, from Lancashire, England, posted details of the elementary school attended by Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandson on the messaging app Telegram.
Rashid is alleged to have sent Prince George’s picture and school address to his friends with message “even royals won’t be left alone” on the online news and social networking service Twitter.
Rashid was allegedly planning to join ISIS in Syria but had also posted the information to encourage an attack on George, the eldest child of Prince William and wife Kate.
Rashid faces two charges of preparing acts of terrorism and assisting others to commit acts of terrorism.
Commenting on how everything unfolded, Barry Oberholzer, co-founder of TerrorMate said, “The breakthrough on our side came when TerrorTech’s proprietary software first picked up the online threat on Twitter.
“Our intelligence analysts, based in our 24-hour international operations center, quickly passed the information on to British officials who verified the information and deemed it credible after validating it against their own intelligence obtained from the messaging app Telegram.”
Based in Belgium, TerrorMate’s 24-hour international operations center pairs expert analysis with cutting-edge technology to identify and track mass shootings, terror threats, and terrorist attacks across the globe.
Former military and intelligence personnel employ an integrated approach to gather real-time terrorist and mass shooting data.
They then analyze, verify, and rapidly share vital information with the public during critical events to ensure the optimum degree of safety.
(TerrorMate is the world’s first terror alert app and the one place where people can go to get relevant, real time information and a clear understanding of what’s taking place and what you should – and shouldn’t – be concerned about. Courtesy of TerrorMate and YouTube)
TerrorMate, recently expanded its user alert capabilities to include mass shootings.
The real-time intelligence system with well-established terror attack and terror threat alerting capabilities will now deliver structured, accurate mass shooting alerts and safety recommendations to its users within two minutes of an attack anywhere in the world.
“In the wake of the October mass shooting at the Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, our supportive, proactive user base urged us to broaden the categories and scope of TerrorMate’s alerts, so we quickly expanded our reporting and warning capabilities to include mass shootings,” explains Barry Oberholzer, founder of TerrorMate.
On average, TerrorMate alerts users eight minutes faster than the mainstream media.
“In a potentially life threatening event where every second counts, actionable and verified information is crucial.”
“In two minutes or less, the TerrorMate app warns users of a mass shooting event and relays critical information to inform on-scene decisions that could save lives.”
TerrorMate, the free proprietary mobile application alerts users to incident-specific information such as:
- Location of the shooting event
- Number of reported perpetrators
- Areas to avoid
- Number of casualties, and
- Potentially life-saving safety tips and continuous updates for the duration of the event
Additionally, TerrorMate’s comprehensive crisis communication and mass notification solution unifies all channels, supporting communication and collaboration during critical events and ensuring that users remain fully informed, in contact with loved ones and first responders, and as safe as possible at all times.
TerrorMate is a free structured mobile real-time intelligence system that delivers accurate terror alerts and safety recommendations within two minutes of a terror attack, mass shooting or a terror alert.
The app also serves as a comprehensive crisis communication and mass notification solution that unifies all channels, supporting communication and collaboration during critical events and ensuring that users are fully informed and as safe as possible at all times.
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
American Security Today’s 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success, with distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government.
Over 100 professionals gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies, and
- Leaders in Private Security
These current circumstances have put forward another rapid expansion of new ideas, products and solutions to combat these ever changing challenges.
These changes have called for a new generation of security experts in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields who need real time knowledge of our ever growing threats.
Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.
American Security Today was formed after careful reflection of 9/11 and its aftermath when the Department of Homeland Security was established and there was an immediate explosion of new products and solutions for what was perceived as an imminent second attack on primary targets in the United States.
As time moved forward from 9/11 itself and in recent years, the threats to our nation have evolved from a large scale 9/11 type attack to:
- Domestic and International Terrorist Attacks carried out by ‘lone wolves’ and coordinated individuals
- Cybersecurity breach attacks against our government agencies, financial institutions and critical infrastructure facilities
- Unprecedented urban violence
- Cultural shifts and societal media bias, which make it increasingly difficult to secure our nation in this constantly evolving threat environment.
These experts include the Government at the Federal, State and Local levels as well as from Private Firms specializing in Physical Security, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security responsible for implementing coordinated security measures to ensure our Nation’s Security and improve Public Safety.
AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.
To highlight the tremendous accomplishments of agencies and firms receiving this prestigious award, check out American Security Today’s 2017 December ‘ASTORS’ Champions Edition – ‘Year in Review.’
TerrorMate can be downloaded for free from: Apple: The iTunes app store and for Android: the Google Play store.
(BlackBerry users: The app is free at Google Play Store, which must be downloaded before TerrorMate can be downloaded.)
How TerrorMate works
TerrorMate’s 24-hour international operations center is directed by former military and intelligence analysts who quickly alert and inform users about potential and actual terror attacks and mass shooting events.
The app automatically deploys geolocation positioning to deliver information tailored to each user’s specific environment.
Alerts appear within minutes of an attack, alert, or mass-shooting event along with advice on the optimal way to stay safe in the affected area.
Users are swiftly steered away from danger with up-to-date alerts and clear directions.
Concise real-time advisories and intelligence reports keep TerrorMate users continuously informed as events unfold.
The free in-app messaging feature, T-Chat, was inspired by stories emerging from the 2017 Manchester terror attacks, when thousands of teenagers scrambled to flee the stadium while their parents did not know where they were.
TerrorMate’s unique location-sharing feature allows users to view a map displaying actual locations of friends and family in real time.
Users are also able to upload real-time media of any terror attack, mass shooting, or suspicious activity as well as send anonymous tips and share information with friends and family via the TerrorMate trusted contacts feature.