What’s Next for Cell Phones?
Government launches a national emergency alert system for cell phones.
May 16, 2011 – Wireless customers will soon be able to receive emergency notifications via their cell phone. The U.S. Government and local authorities will use the new alert system to reach people directly to warm them of an emergency situation.
The emergency alert system will be used only for presidential alerts for nation emergencies, such as terrorist attacks, imminent threat alerts for life-threatening situations, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, and Amber Alerts meant to widen the search for missing or abducted youngsters, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced. Congress approved the alert plan in 2006 under the Warning Alert and Response Network Act. Bloomberg stated government officials should send alerts in a way to avoid mass panic.
Officials say the Personalized Localized Alert Network (PLAN) technology will allow the alert messages to take precedence over phone calls and text messages so that the alert will get through, even during a state of national emergency when networks are overloaded.
New York City and Washington DC will receive the emergency alert system by the end of this year, with the system expanding to other cities across the country by the end of 2012. A unique chip will be included in all new cell phones and some existing phone models are already equipped with the required chip. Future software updates will activate these chips to notify people in the particular area of the emergency.
Advances in technology allow people to stay well-connected and informed during a time of need. In an emergency situation, your business communications should also be considered. How will you notify your employees of your company’s status? How will you handle incoming calls? A live answering service will take the load off your shoulders. All calls are answered by one of VoiceNation’s professionally trained live receptionists who will forward all calls and messages so that you can focus on your personal safety.
Take advantage of the technology available at your fingertips so that you stay ahead during an emergency. “Every wireless carrier is expected to participate,” said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. Wireless customers should upgrade their cell phones to include the alert chip. To take preventative disaster recovery measures for your business, contact VoiceNation at http://www.voicenation.com/.
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Graham C. Taylor
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