Saturday, July 21, 2012

Emergency alerts coming to US cellphones

By Vasudev Ram

Seen via this GigaOm post.


It’s that time of year when the weather gets crazy in the U.S., with drought, flash floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. And as many consumers are discovering, there’s a new tool hitting mobile devices that lets you know when a weather emergency is in your area.]

In April a law went into effect enabling Wireless Emergency Alerts on capable cell phones and on June 28 the National Weather Service started pushing out alerts. The system allows authorized government agencies to send messages directly to the towers of the major U.S. carriers who then transmit those messages to capable devices. Even if the user blocks SMS messages they’ll get these alerts — but they won’t pay for them.

All countries could use something like this, IMO. It could help save lives and prevent accidents.

- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises

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