Waste Management and Blackline Announce Strategic Agreement
December 1, 2011
HOUSTON, TEXAS and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2011) - Waste Management Security Services ("WMSSI"), a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM) and Blackline GPS ("Blackline") (TSX VENTURE:BLN) announced today a monitoring and marketing agreement whereby WMSSI will provide monitoring services for Blackline's suite of Loner® mobile worker safety solutions.
WMSSI currently provides 24/7 electronic security monitoring for Waste Management and its customers, and uses Blackline's Loner GPS safety device for monitoring their employees working at various company facilities as well as those off-site. Expanding their suite of services, WMSSI is now offering Loner safety solution monitoring services to its customers wishing to protect mobile workers with remote safety monitoring technology in addition to property and assets.
The Loner safety device provides monitoring of mobile workers using micro-electro-mechanical sensors and True Fall Detection™, a patented technology that detects falls in real-time with virtually no false alarms. Incorporating an emergency button and GPS, Loner products communicate safety alerts to the WMSSI monitoring center where personnel manage an efficient, location-empowered emergency response.
"We've based our decision to include Loner in our monitoring services as a result of the positive experience using the technology with Waste Management employees. This agreement enables Waste Management to offer mobile worker monitoring to our customers," said Shanna Lopez, manager for security operations at WMSSI. "We have also seen the market for this service grow and we are able to adapt well to these market conditions."
"Waste Management has enormous diversity within commercial and industrial markets providing solutions for recycling, construction, healthcare, and manufacturing, among others," said Clark Swanson, president of Blackline. "Loner is an efficient and effective solution for monitoring the safety of employees, especially those who work alone."
About Waste Management and WMSSI: Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is the largest residential recycler in North America and a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
Waste Management Security Services, Inc., (WMSSI) provides in-house, cost effective electronic security services for internal and external customers. Since 2002, the WMSSI has maintained Underwriters Laboratories UL® and Factory Mutual certifications and has operated without interruption. WMSSI provides remote monitoring capability for facility access-control systems, alarm and video monitoring. The technology team manages electronic security project from conception to reality. With our partner, Pro-Vigil, WMSSI offers innovative mobile-monitoring solutions so customers can observe activity from anywhere via the Internet.
About Blackline: Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, Blackline is an industrial safety and commercial product manufacturer. The company solutions address work environments focused on employee safety, while also offering connected hardware to improve security and communicate logistical information of company assets. The industrial business aims to supply growing global legislated and regulated markets, with service plans that provide functionality based on product hardware. The Company maintains a suite of products and services which service the consumer and retail environment. Blackline's technology, dedication and vision combine to create an ever-growing suite of tools designed to Protect. Share. Connect.®
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