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US to send text messages about national emergencies

By Matthew
Nov 17, 2010
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  1. Mobile phone owners will soon receive text warnings about severe weather and other crises, according to Alcatel-Lucent. The communications company revealed plans this week to create a Broadcast Message Center (BMC) that will let government agencies send text messages about local, state or national emergencies -- not unlike the Emergency Broadcast System that is used to transmit alerts over the television.

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  2. Great idea!
     
  3. dummybait

    dummybait TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Sheeple.... ^^^^
     
  4. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 84

    I really dont want texts about road closeures lol. The pending disastor text may not be a bad idea tho..
     
  5. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 195

    It could be good for southerns states, especially when hurricanes come through. Or for texting kids in northern states when schools are closed due to snow storms. Not a bad idea.
     
  6. posermobile89

    posermobile89 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    just block the number, ha
     
  7. What if I'm uninterested in receiving such messages no matter how big of an emergency? I'd want the ability to unsubscribe from such a service.
     
  8. Your not interested in knowing if your going to die??

    I guess that leaves more room on the planet for the smarter ones...
     
  9. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 84

    lol @ the system and everyone getting the txt "ZOMBIES EVERYWHERE - STOCKING UP ON SHOTGUNS RECCOMMENDED."
     
  10. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 84

    recommended*
     
  11. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 84

    "the system getting hacked". Christ, I am loosing it today.
     
     
  12. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    I heard a similar story a while back about Israel sending text messages to its citizens whenever there is an emergency and / or a rocket directed at it. Huh..
     
  13. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    I think its a pretty good idea actually, as long as its used for the right reasons.

    Hurricane, tornado and state emergencies would seem worthwhile, especially tornadoes as I know they can appear and cause widespread damage extremely quickly.

    However, I can't help but wonder how usable the network would actually be in some situations, especially if Hurricane's and tornadoes are destroying infrastructure as they run on through...
     
  14. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,577   +47

    This sounds like a really good idea....Britain should take notice on this. Maybe the met office with the flooding and stormy weather would be a good idea.
     
  15. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,373   +407

    I'm trying to decide whether I like this or not. I suppose it makes sense given today's reliance on cell phones. But we are already inundated with communications via computer, radio and TV. Does it have to be on our cell phones too? Definitely not the road closure stuff, for sure.

    I guess as long as it doesn't get too crazy I'll be fine with it.
     
  16. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Maniac Posts: 482   +8

    The system gets hacked by Faux News, and you receive this message:
    "Urgent-NATIONAL EMERGENCY!!! OBAMA IS LITERALLY DESTROYING OUR NATION! Watch Glen Beck tonight to find out how your investment in Gold line can SAVE AMERIKA!!!!"
     
  17. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    "Torenaydoez Iz Roaring Ur Townz En Ripping Ur Roovz Off. Iz Crayzee Outside. U Nawt Can Go Out Tewdai. Diz Haz Been A Nashunulz Eemergensee Broadcastz Messugz"
     
  18. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    I'm assuming standard texting rates don't apply since this is for emergencies? In any case, this can be pretty useful especially for major weather changes like Tornadoes. Of course this could also be amazing when someone hacks into it and sends out messages about Zombies like Card mentioned. Kinda like this: [LINK]
     
  19. Yeah funny they should come up with something like this after the state of michigan put up a big display that they can update with travel info and what not to as they need to, even at a $800,000 Price tag for the equipment and install and one lane being closed for a month, I am so glad that I know how long it takes to get from Muskegon to Grand Haven even after driving between for 15 years...
     
  20. Now the government can control your mind with fear 24/7
     
  21. ericwilsonn

    ericwilsonn TS Rookie

    This is a step in the right direction. It is gonna save a lot of innocent lives in time.
    http://musclexedge.org/
     
  22. ericwilsonn

    ericwilsonn TS Rookie

  23. ericwilsonn

    ericwilsonn TS Rookie

    <a href="http://musclexedge.org/">Muscle X edge</a>
     


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