City sets up smartphone alert system for DNC

City sets up smartphone alert system for DNC

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by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 6:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One way folks will be able to stay in the loop during the Democratic National Convention is via a smartphone through the city of Charlotte’s website.

Charlotte has an alert system that will text or email you updates.

It’s been up and running for a few months now and includes everything from mapping out your route to work based on which streets are closed around uptown.

Folks can also get updates on parking, accidents, parade routes, which government offices are closed and if there are any security concerns.

"With any large event you do have to think through the traffic congestion and that's what we'll be doing closer to the event, putting out that type of information,” said Kim McMillan, Director of Marketing for the city of Charlotte.

So far, the city has had about 2,000 people sign up for the text alerts.

Folks can get alerts on things other than the DNC, officials said, and the program will continue to run after the convention.

Click here to learn more.
 

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