August 12, 2012
Israel testing missile alerts by SMS
According to The Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Home Front Command will begin a nationwide experiment on Sunday in which it will send mock text messages to cellphones warning of incoming missile attacks. The experiment will last until Thursday.
Called “Personal Message,” the alert system has been under development for several years. It can deliver area-specific warnings based on the projection of an incoming trajectory of a rocket or missile.
During the test, members of the public receive the following message, “The Home Front Command, checking cellular alert system,” followed by a number.
Messages will be sent in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian.
The IDF has been working on integrating the cellphone alert system into its early-warning program – mostly based on air-raid sirens – but has encountered resistance from several cellular companies. The carriers do not want to enable their phones to receive the warnings, which come in the form of a text message.
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