Sprint enables SMS emergency text alert system, scores a US carrier first

Sprint enables SMS emergency text alert system, scores a US carrier first
Sprint is the first US carrier to have implemented an SMS emergency alert system, which over at other countries like Japan, has been of paramount importance for saving lives. The new, Wireless Emergency System (WES), around which carriers rallied earlier this year, will text you whenever there's an urgent announcement for you coming from institutions such as the National Weather Service, local emergency centers and even the president of the United States.

“Sprint said its network now supports the Wireless Emergency Alert system, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deliver warning messages to wireless networks … Customers receive the warnings when their phones are enabled with special chipsets and software and the warnings are sent based upon geolocation,” the company's press release reads.

Sprint, the nation's third-largest carrier with a user base of around 50 million, will start field testing the service in New York City soon with the help of federal and public safety agencies. Now, this might seem like it's not a big deal for the everyday user thinking more about specs, but when disaster like an earthquake strikes, there's a period of nearly a minute (depending on how far the affected region is from the epicenter) for people to react, often enough to save a life. Hopefully, other carriers will soon enable the system as well. 

source: Sprint via Textually


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6 Comments

1. GeekMovement unregistered

Nice job sprint. Now fix your 3G data speeds.

2. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Way to keep on topic

5. GeekMovement unregistered

This is an article about Sprint's activity after all. It's cool to see that our carrier is the first in US to implement the ETAS, but when an article about Sprint pops up we hope for it to be the solution that many customers has been enduring through for the past several months (and enduring through still). Sprint did say that they are aware of the data issue and looking into it, but hopefully they'll continue to devote time to it until it's fixed. It's important because that way they will keep their customers. I did comment on how it was a nice move on Sprint to set that up in case of an emergency, so I don't see how it's completely off topic either.

3. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I wish that in addition there were some more specific alert systems. Our local NBC affiliate does some for road closings from accidents, for example, but you also get ones about the Penn State scandal and the Ohio State shenanigans.

4. danygoel

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The mobile phone is the perfect Emergency Response & Notification system. Face it, one thing you always have within a few feet of you is your phone.In case of a tornado, act of terrorism, or any other situation that requires the people you are responsible for to be alerted, Txtimpact Alert can reach them instantly! Hawk Alerts are need for schools and universities. (http://www.txtimpact.com/emergency_alerts.asp)

6. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

In the face of major natural disasters, you have to hope the towers and their power survive. Perhaps hardening them is something FEMA could encourage?

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