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Topic # 12489 20-Mar-2007 08:32
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Just listening to a radio interview with someone involved with the Lahar warning systems. The SMS messages sent progressively about the lahar progress to interested parties apparently all arrived at the same time well after the event. It was mentioned that these messages weren't the primary method of warning people involved.

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Reply # 64374 20-Mar-2007 08:45
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How many times it needs to be repeated? SMS is not a time sensitive option for any warning system. SMS does not have priority, it can be delayed.

Only dumb people use SMS as a warning system for emergency situations.







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  Reply # 64376 20-Mar-2007 08:55
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Understood. So why are Optn "the latest revelation in mobile marketing…" dabbling in time sensitive information?

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  Reply # 64380 20-Mar-2007 09:04
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"Mt Ruapehu – New Zealand SMS/Text company OPTN limited, a subsidiary of ROCOM Wireless, has licenced a free text messaging notification service to Ruapehu District Council which will provide mobile phone owners with free live updates during the anticipated ‘dam break’ lahar from the Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake
The TEXT messaging service will provide registered users with vital information during the LAHAR event and is to be introduced by the Ruapehu District Council immediately."

"OPTN Limited, a subsidiary of ROCOM Wireless, has licenced a free text messaging notification service to Manawatu District Council which will provide mobile phone owners with live updates during a civil defence emergency in the Manawatu area."

"The Western Bay of Plenty has “another weapon in the arsenal” to protect people from natural disasters following the launch of a new text message warning service."

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Reply # 64383 20-Mar-2007 09:08
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Well, that's what happens in real life. Councilors are not wise in the ways of the technology. And they obviously were lead to the wrong solution. SMS is not a solution for emergency situations.





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