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Cogeco Cable Trusts ERMS To Enhance Its Emergency Notification Capabilities

Oakville, ON – May 24, 2013 | ERMS Corporation announced Cogeco Inc. (“Cogeco”)  has enhanced its crisis communication, and disaster response team collaboration capabilities with the Advantage emergency mass notification system.

The ERMS Advantage emergency notification system gives Cogeco the ability to quickly send emergency mass notification to stakeholders while providing the crisis response team the tools they need to connect and collaborate.  The easy-to-use conference bridging creates a virtual war room for their widely dispersed crisis response team while Crisis Manager simplifies pre-, peri- and post-crisis reporting.Cogeco

“Cogeco is a rapidly growing and geographically dispersed organization. We’re very pleased to be the provider they trust to send emergency mass notification to their stakeholder,” says Sylvain Rollin, President, ERMS Corporation.  “Organizations like Cogeco need more than simple mass emergency notification.  They need an enterprise-class and emergency-grade system that is comprehensive and flexible so they can use the system the way that best suits their needs,” he added.

Cogeco employees will be automatically added to the emergency notification system and offered several ways to update their regular and alternate contact information.  By including alternate addresses, Cogeco will be able to identify employees (using the Mapper module) who may be impacted by a geographically based crisis and target notifications directly to those affected.

“With ERMS, we’re now quickly able to execute the communication portion of our business continuity and disaster recovery plans when an incident or crisis occurs,” said Maribeth Tessier, Director, Operational Risk Management, Cogeco Cable Inc.  “We are especially excited to use the Crisis Manager module for response team collaboration and crisis reporting.  It gives us one central place to record all actions taken from the onset of an incident and will save us a great deal of time and effort in the preparation of our reports,” she added.

About ERMS Corp.

ERMS Corporation is the provider of Advantage — a highly-secure, hosted, comprehensive, and enterprise-class emergency and incident notification system.

Advantage is made up of 7 tightly-integrated modules (Messenger, Roll Call, Crisis Manager, Mapper, HotLine, myAdvantage, and Library). Advantage provides the industry’s highest level of adaptability, most inclusive API, reliability and advanced functionality.  It allows organizations to use the system the way that best suits them.

Advantage is sold as a complete solution (the opposite of add-ons) that empowers business continuity, crisis communication, and disaster recovery professionals to, quickly and reliably, prepare, execute, and report on the notification portion of their continuity plans.

About COGECO Inc.

COGECO is a diversified communications corporation.

Through its Cogeco Cable subsidiary, COGECO provides to its residential and business customers Analogue and Digital Television, High Speed Internet («HSI») and Telephony services. Cogeco Cable operates in Canada under the Cogeco Cable brand name in Quebec and Ontario, and in the United States through its subsidiary Atlantic Broadband in Western Pennsylvania, Southern Florida, Maryland, Delaware and South Carolina. Through its subsidiaries Cogeco Data Services and PEER 1 Hosting, Cogeco Cable provides to its commercial customers, a suite of IT hosting, information and communications technology services (Data Centre, Co-location, Managed Hosting, Cloud Infrastructure and Connectivity), with 23 data centres, extensive fibre networks in Montreal and Toronto as well as points-of-presence in North America and Europe. Through its subsidiary Cogeco Diffusion, COGECO owns and operates 13 radio stations across most of Québec with complementary radio formats serving a wide range of audiences as well as Cogeco News, its news agency.

Cogeco Diffusion also operates Métromédia, an advertising representation house specialized in the public transit sector that holds exclusive advertising rights in the Province of Québec where it also represents its business partners active across other Canadian markets. COGECO's subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CGO). The subordinate voting shares of Cogeco Cable are also listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CCA).