22 January 2013

Victoria says location-based alerts a success during bushfires

A recently launched, location-based Emergency Alert system has “performed well” in Victoria during this month’s bushfires, according to the Victoria Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner (OESC).

The Emergency Alert warning system sends text alerts to mobile phones, based on their location during an emergency. According to an OESC spokesperson, the Emergency Alert system was used extensively during the recent emergencies in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia.

Victoria successfully used the Emergency Alert system 10 times during this month’s bushfires. The system can send up to 500 text messages per second and 1000 voice messages per minute to people in the vicinity of an emergency, such as a bushfire.

Full story from Spatial Source.

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