Nixle … What in the World is That?

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Driving into work today I knew things were going to be a mess on the roads.

View inside the City of Auburn Hills 911 Emergency Dispatch Center
View inside the City of Auburn Hills 911 Emergency Dispatch Center

No, it wasn’t my psychic powers!  My cell phone just buzzed and I saw a text message which stated … 7:06 a.m.  AUBURN HILLS PD:  Avoid the SB I-75 / Baldwin area due to an accident blocking the left two lanes. 

Yikes!  Folks that’s police code for “Freeway is a parking lot.  Stay away!” This prompt notification was great because it gave myself and others some time to find alternate routes before hitting the congested area.

Now, I didn’t get this text message just because I work for the City of Auburn Hills.  It’s a free service called Nixle that’s open to everyone (sign up by clicking here).  No worries you’ll not be bombarded with advertisements because only “authenticated” agencies, like the City of Auburn Hills, can securely distribute public service information via the network.

City Public Service Message Promoting Nixle on the Electronic Billboard on I-75 near Pontiac Road
City Public Service Message Promoting Nixle on the Electronic Billboard on I-75 near Pontiac Road

So, sign up for Nixle.  I’m very glad I did.