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New tech to broadcast disaster alerts

Besides sending SMS alerts, the new system under development will send out messages on FM radio, TV etc.

New Delhi: Government run C-DOT is developing technology to intercept all media like television, mobile phones, railway announcements etc for broadcasting disaster alerts in local languages, a senior official said.

The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) is developing the system for National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and expects it to be ready in 18 months, CDOT chairman and executive director Rajkumar Upadhyay said.

“We are developing a pan-India integrated alert system which can send out alerts across all mediums at one go in an emergency situation. It will be deployed by NDMA. Once the system is deployed, the department concerned will have to just mark the area on the map by pen and the alert will go across all mediums in that area in the local language,” Upadhyay said.

The state-run organisation is indigenously developing the technology for the Integrated Alert System based on International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommended Common Alerting Protocol (CAP).

“Besides sending SMS alerts, the new system under development will send out messages on FM radio, television, railway announcement, Indian satellites, mobile apps or any media falling under the affected area. It will stop FM radio content, TV channel content, railway announcements to broadcast the emergency message,” he said.

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