Commercial Mobile Alert System

Alerts During Tragedies, Now Up for Cell Phones

Commercial Mobile Alert SystemBy the last part of the year, a national emergency alert system that will send messages to cell phones during tragedies is planned to be opened in New York City and Washington after five years of planning.

The Commercial Mobile Alert System will direct messages to cell phones in case of a revolutionary attack, normal tragedy, or other severe urgent situation, according to Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  In 2006 the preparation was approved by Congress.

Craig Fugate, administrator of Genachowski and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the new scheme will be discriminating. “He said “These are really focused on the highest levels of alerts, and those that require urgent action.’’

There will be a minimum of three levels of messages, ranging from a serious national alert from the president to cautions about awaiting or going on national disasters to alerts concerning missing or kidnapped children. People will be capable to avoid of receiving all except the presidential alerts.

According to Genachowski, prior this year all latest phones will have the technology a special chip is necessary to let a phone to receive the messages.  Several smartphones before now have the chip, and software updates will be accessible when the network goes online.

Cell phones turned on in the neighborhood of a calamity, an evacuation zone, like, would receive a message warning them of the awaiting threat. The alert would humiliate on the front screen of the phone, rather than the traditional text message inbox, and arrive with a different ring and most likely a vibration.

Messages are anticipated to obtain during even though traditional phone lines are busy.

Genachowski said, “Network congestion in times of major disasters is a real issue.  This plan . . . makes sure emergency alerts can get through even if the network is congested.’’

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