Emergency alerts sent to mobiles are nothing new in some parts of the world, including the US, Australia and the Netherlands. However, the service could well be hitting the UK next year as three of the UK's major networks have agreed to trial the system.
According to the BBC - EE, O2 and Vodafone are to conduct trials in Easingwold, in North Yorkshire, Leiston, in Suffolk, and Glasgow city centre to see how the public reacts. 50,000 will receive test alerts and will be asked for feedback - which I can only imagine will be extremely positive.
There will be two types of alerts tested - traditional text messaging and also cell broadcast technology. The trial will run over the next couple of months and following that a report will be compiled to see if the new service should be rolled out nationwide.
Clearly here in the UK we are not subject to the same weather conditions as is other places. Our hurricane, tornado and earthquake frequency is virtually non existent, however due to the good old English weather we are susceptible to flooding in many places. The emergency alert service could well be a good opportunity for police forces to broadcast information in certain circumstances. I for one would love to see these alerts on my BlackBerry.
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