November 17, 2011
Sprint enables new SMS emergency alert system
Sprint Nextel said it is the first U.S. wireless carrier to enable a new SMS-based emergency alert system that the nation's Tier 1 wireless operators and federal agencies rallied around earlier this year.
Sprint said its network now supports the Wireless Emergency Alert system, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deliver warning messages to wireless networks from the president of the United States, the National Weather Service and state and local emergency operations centers.
Customers receive the warnings when their phones are enabled with special chipsets and software and the warnings are sent based upon geolocation. Sprint also said that it will conduct a test of the system later this year in New York City in coordination with federal and local public safety agencies.
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