[LINK] itNews: 'Emergency system given geo-location boost'
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Mon Jan 16 13:44:21 EST 2012
At 10:49 AM 16/01/2012, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>Regarding switched-off phones: it isn't all phones that stay active when
>switched off, so I wouldn't trust that, and I don't know of any
>mechanism to "force on" a smartphone because it received a particular SMS.
There is also a traffic volume issue. During the Vic fires, I seem to
recall that SMSs were being received hours after they were sent and
the houses were already burning. People were stupid enough to wait
until they were told to leave. Radio stations (ABC) were complaining
that the emergency services were not up to date, either, so whole
areas were under threat and the stations who were charged with
providing alerts were not allowed to make announcements based on
lay-callers who were alerting them to the fires.
At some stage, common sense (both for those in the fire zones and
those who are providing information) must prevail. So far, not so good.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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