Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global provider of critical event management (CEM), has announced that the Vermont State Legislature deployed its platform to facilitate remote voting by state lawmakers in order to keep legislators, reporters, and Statehouse staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said.
Remote voting is a first in Vermont, where legislative business has always been conducted in person. Lawmakers approved the virtual voting measure to allow Senators and House members to pass legislation without packing into the Statehouse, where small committee rooms make it difficult to follow social distancing guidelines. The successful secure remote voting model serves as a best practice to protect other state and federal lawmakers from the pandemic.
More than a month after departing the Statehouse to avoid spreading the coronavirus, Vermont´s House of Representatives began remotely passing bills that are intended to address the pandemic. Meeting over video conference and using the Everbridge mobile app to cast their votes, the Vermont General Assembly — consisting of the 150-member House and 30-member Senate — last week approved a series of COVID-19 measures.
In recent weeks, the House held several practice sessions and one-on-one trainings with members to get them comfortable with the new technology. On Thursday, lawmakers conducted over 20 separate secure votes — using the Everbridge platform — on bills, resolutions, and items related to bill advancement through committees.
FedRAMP Authorization certifies that Everbridge has passed the rigorous security and risk management review process required to offer its Everbridge Suite solution to federal agencies, a mandate by OMB for any cloud service provider that serves the federal government.
While supporting remote voting represents a new and innovative use of Everbridge´s solutions in Vermont, the State has utilized the platform for more than three years. In addition to Vermont, Everbridge supports several statewide deployments such as New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, and California.
Everbridge is a global software company that provides enterprise software applications that automate and accelerate organizations´ operational response to critical events in order to keep people safe and businesses running.
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