Have you heard about reverse 112? In November 2018, the European Parliament voted on legislation that would update the way emergency calls are handled across the European Union.
In the event of a disaster, authorities can send out public alerts to give guidance to their citizens about staying safe. These messages are sent out by using the geolocation systems available on all mobile phones. Reverse 112 is a public safety communications technology that public safety organisations use throughout the world to communicate to people in a specific geographical region. Reverse 112 allows authorities to send out fast warnings to those who may be in danger via their mobile phones.
Reverse 112 typically uses cell broadcast technology to send emergency messages to citizens. Examples of the technology in action can be found in Japan, South Korea, Canada, United States, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Oman, China, Russia and New Zealand.
An alternative, location based SMS, may also be used. The accuracy of location data with this method is limited to the size of the mobile cell. This can range from 3km in urban areas to 15km in rural areas. LB SMS first needs to identify which mobile phone users are present in the area through cell phone numbers, and then send out SMS messages to the cell phones that are connected to a specific mobile cell tower.
The European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) will support the deployment of mobile communication technology and is also making it mandatory for all EU member states to have a suitable solution in place by June 2022. If you are wondering how this legislation may affect you, we would be delighted to tell you more and give you advice on next steps to become compliant with this new directive.
Whether you are looking to install a brand new reverse 112 solution or you are looking to replace your existing solution, we can assist. Our solution makes use of existing mobile phone infrastructure and will help to ensure that nobody is left behind when it comes to alerting citizens about an emergency situation. We can also advise you on which technology will be best to send your messages. There are advantages to using cell broadcast and location based SMS and the one you choose will largely depend on how many people you need to send the message to and whether you need to send to specific regions.
To learn more about reverse 112 and its many features and benefits, speak to the team here at Intersec today. We have years of experience in helping authorities and public safety agencies to ensure that citizens know what to do in a state of emergency and how to get themselves to safety or avoid an area. Contact us now to find out more about the technology and to request a free demo at your convenience. We are standing by ready to assist.