California to Pioneer Mass Mobile Alerts

Imagine a statewide emergency service that alerts everyone in a given area about potential emergency situations, including terrorist attacks, wildfires, storms, child abductions or nearby shootings.

In an article on the Government Computer News website, Kathleen Hickey says California will, in the next few months, become the first state to deploy such a system. This new technology, provided by Sprint, can send alerts as widespread or targeted as needed, with text messages to mobile phones, says the article.

“The system can also reach individuals who may not have landlines, may be visiting the area, or may not be in an area where they have immediate access to landlines, such as a shopping mall or sporting area,” Hickey writes.

Matthew Bettenhausen of the California Emergency Management Agency said the technology “will prove a tremendous resource to the country’s public safety and emergency management community.”

To read the gcn.com article, click here:
http://gcn.com/articles/2010/08/26/california-mobile-alert-system.aspx