Odisha experiments with mass alert SMSes

December 20, 2018 12:15 am | Updated 12:15 am IST - BHUBANESWAR

The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority has carried out an experiment of sending mass disaster alert SMSes to mobile users as part of its project of Early Warning Dissemination System.

Leading telecom service providers, including BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, were roped in for sending the messages.

A Common Alert Protocol solution has been developed by the Department of Telecommunication and Centre for Development of Telematics through which disaster management messages can be disseminated to the public by sending mass SMSes to all mobile subscribers in a selected geographical area and those on roaming. Pilot testing of CAP had previously been done in different States. According to OSDMA, the EWDS is being implemented in 6 districts.

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