Emergency Alert System: Many mobile phone users in India received a serious emergency alert from the government on Friday morning. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which is implementing the nation’s new emergency alert system, included this in a test. The test message was sent to a representative sample of smartphones in India, and it prompted users’ devices to beep loudly and flash the warning “emergency alert: severe.” This test is being used by the NDMA to evaluate the alert system’s efficacy and spot any potential issues. Today, at DNP India, we received a message Titled ‘Required monthly test.’
India’s Cellphone Subscribers Receive Flash Messages
Many cellphone subscribers on various telecom providers in India received a test flash message today from the Department of Telecommunication (C-DOT). Between 12:00 and 12:44 IST, the message was broadcast using the Cell Broadcasting System. Recipients were advised that the communication was a test and that no action was necessary. ” Emergency alert: SEVEREâ€æ.. This is a SAMPLE TESTING MESSAGE sent through Cell Broadcasting System by the Department of Telecommunication, Government of India. Please ignore this message as no action is required from your end. This message has been sent to test Pan-India Emergency Alert System being implemented by National Disaster Management Authority. It aims to enhance public safety and provide timely alerts during emergencies. Timestamp: 15-09-2023 12:19PM #0888758″ reads a flash message received by multiple smartphone users.
Previous Identical Flash Message Raises Questions
Notably, a few weeks ago, numerous people received a flash message that was very identical. The Department of Telecommunications Cell Broadcasting System states that frequent testing of this nature will also be carried out in other places. These tests are designed to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of cell broadcast systems and emergency warning broadcast capabilities of mobile operators. Rajkumar Upadhyay, the chief executive officer of C-DOT, told PTI that the technology for cell broadcast is currently only available through a foreign vendor when speaking about the test before. Because of this, C-DOT is developing it internally. Upadhyay stated, “The cell broadcast technology is under development and will be utilized by NDMA to send alerts directly to mobile phone screens during disasters. It is currently undergoing testing on the Jio and BSNL networks.”
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