Climate, terrorist assault or industrial accident… The cell phone turns into a warning instrument

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Climate, terrorist assault or industrial accident… The cell phone turns into a warning instrument

The two,830 sirens which, on the primary Wednesdays of the month, sound in France, will quickly now not be the one ones to alert the French of a hazard, hearth, storm, terrorist assault or industrial accident. On the finish of June, the inhabitants alert and knowledge system (SAIP) of the Ministry of the Inside can have a further instrument to warn folks immediately on their cell phone. Utilizing so-called cell broadcast expertise (cell broadcast), FR-Alert will ship in a couple of seconds a written notification accompanied by a shrill ringtone to all of the telephones current within the zone involved by the hazard.

Learn additionally: How will the phone alert system introduced by the federal government work?

Many nations have already got such an alert system, reminiscent of the USA, since 2006, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium and extra lately Tunisia. “France is buying a state-of-the-art system and will probably be within the first third of European nations geared up for this expertise”, underlines Romain Moutard, lieutenant-colonel of the hearth brigade who led this program. A European directive of December 2018 imposes the implementation, earlier than June 21, 2022, of an alert system able to “to achieve finish customers, together with those that are solely current within the affected space on a brief foundation”, reminiscent of international vacationers. The sending of notifications in English was additionally a part of the second check, carried out on June 7 within the chemical valley, close to Lyon (Rhône), after that carried out in mid-Might in Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du -Rhone). The multilingualism of FR-Alert is important in view of the group in France, within the fall of 2023, of the Rugby World Cup and, the next summer time, the Paris Olympic Video games 2024.

These checks additionally aimed to see how the inhabitants reacts to receiving a doubtlessly anxiety-provoking notification. “We should put together the inhabitants to obtain this sort of message but in addition write and adapt the alert in accordance with the variety of folks to be warned and the kind of hazard”, explains Johnny Douvinet, geographer and professor on the College of Avignon, who, with these research, participates within the definition of the doctrine of sending messages. Through the Lyon check, which simulated an accident within the Sibelin marshalling yard, 4 hundred and fifty questionnaires have been collected. “90% of people that obtained the notification asking them to restrict themselves to a closed constructing say that they might have utilized the instruction”, emphasizes Mr. Douvinet. However some discovered the notification too intrusive and puzzled how anybody may have accessed their telephone.

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