BlueLine Grid announces Grid bot for Cisco’s Spark
BlueLine Grid, a developer of critical communications technology, has announced the “Grid bot” for Cisco’s Spark platform. The new technology is a connector which links all other communication channels – such as SMS, email, Skype, Slack, and mass conference calling – all from within Cisco’s Spark collaboration platform, according to the company.
The Grid bot is based on BlueLine Grid’s proprietary “Promontory” platform, named for the Utah summit where the golden spike connected the Transcontinental Railroad, and the technology is being marketed as a service extension to Cisco Spark. The initial use case involves connecting silos between government agencies and corporations to “advance public safety and emergency communications.”
In a joint statement, BlueLine Grid founders Jack Weiss and Dave Riker said, “BlueLine’ Grid’s Promontory technology provides first-of-its-kind interoperability between collaboration platforms, and we are proud that our first release is with our partners at Cisco. We are enthusiastic to expand Spark’s collaboration toolbox to include mass notification, conference calling, location tracking and cross-platform collaboration with communities outside of Spark.”
Cisco Senior Product Manager Dan O’Malley noted the solutions are available in Canada, adding that Cisco is currently testing similar solutions with a Canadian-based police force and is actively looking to expand to other public safety groups.