Click anywhere on this post to see an article on the testing of Canada’s new mobile alert messages to mobile devices, which is to take place today. Test signals are to be sent to mobile users in Quebec around mid-morning today and mid-afternoon to Ontario users (at 1:55). The rest of the nation is to receive their test messages this Wednesday.
The signals are controlled by emergency management officials to warn the public of imminent threats, such as tornadoes, floods and fires, as well as water contamination and Amber alerts. Depending on the service provider, the alerts could make a distinctive noise or simply buzz a device, although in some cases, users will have to acknowledge receipt of the alert before being able to resume normal function of their devices.
While similar to iSIGN’s SAM system, this national alert system is not designed to send messages to specific locations such as a school or a mall.
As stated in a prior post concerning this nation-wide system, this is a clear confirmation that alerts to mobile devices are coming. As iSIGN gives control over the sending of SAM’s security/emergency alerts to the location using SAM (ex – schools, malls, transportation facilities, etc.), we have the perfect solution to alert attendees at specific locations about emergency situations that concern those individuals in a timely manner.