Vodafone building location-aware text alerts system

The warning system goes live next year and covers anyone on the Vodafone network.

An SMS emergency warning system developed by Vodafone will let government and emergency services send text message alerts to customers on the Vodafone network, based on their location and proximity to danger.

Vodafone has begun work on the warning system and plans to turn it on next year, said Vodafone public policy general manager, Matthew Lobb. The warning system will cover anyone on the Vodafone network, including wholesale and corporate customers, as well as tourists roaming on the network.

“The new system will require a significant amount of development and testing, including work by emergency services,” Lobb said. “We will continue to provide an SMS emergency alert system based on the service address of Vodafone customers until the new system is in place.

“We place a high priority on maintaining the availability of our mobile network before, during and after any natural disaster.

“We always respond quickly to rebuild our network, where necessary, after any severe weather event or natural disaster and we’ll continue to do whatever we can to help get life back to normal as soon as possible for people and communities affected by emergency situations.”

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