A new emergency system, in which citizens’ mobile phones play a central role, is on its way to Denmark.
On Tuesday, the German authorities are testing a similar system.
If you are close to the border with Germany, you as a Dane may experience a German emergency message on your phone on Tuesday afternoon.
This is happening in connection with the Germans testing a system where the authorities can warn all mobile phones associated with certain telemasters about accidents or disasters in the immediate area.
And that, of course, without the users having downloaded a special app for the purpose. The notification text simply appears on the smartphone’s screen.
The system uses the so-called cell broadcast technology and is also on its way to Denmark – partly because an EU directive from 2018 requires it.
But there are many other good reasons for introducing the new system, explains Bjarne Siewertsen, who is a specialist consultant at the Emergency Management Agency.
“It’s a super smart way to warn. It is much more precise than we are able to today, when we have 1078 sirens available for the purpose’.
“By that time, we will have 16,000 telemasters available, and thus we can target our notifications much more precisely”.
“At the same time, we get the opportunity to send out precise instruction messages, which is also a big improvement,” he says.
The idea is that the new system should supplement the current sirens and that it should be used at the same events that the police warn of when emergency messages are issued today.
No specific date has yet been set for the system’s commissioning.
“We are relatively close, and we expect to carry out the first internal tests within the next few months”, says Bjarne Siewertsen.
When the new system is put into use, the current MobilVarsling app will be redundant and taken out of service.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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