SMS.ac Working to Create Mobile-Based Tsunami, Earthquake and Emergency Warning System - Early Mobile Alert System Seen as Key to Saving Lives in Future Emergencies

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The host to the largest mobile community in the world has begun working with foreign governments in the hope that an early warning system can be created using mobile communication. SMS.ac contends that a mobile communication-based alert system could potentially save thousands of lives in the wake of a future tsunami, earthquake, fire, or other emergency.

The host to the largest mobile community in the world (http://www.sms.ac/corporate) has begun working with foreign governments in the hope that an early warning system can be created using mobile communication. SMS.ac contends that a mobile communication-based alert system could potentially save thousands of lives in the wake of a future tsunami, earthquake, fire, or other emergency.

SMS.ac’s (http://www.sms.ac) chairman and chief executive officer, Michael Pousti, says that the technology for a global warning system is already in place. “SMS.ac currently possesses the ability to send wireless communications to millions of mobile phone users in upwards of 170 countries,” said Pousti. “Cooperation is now required from government officials to implement a rapid-response alert system that can save lives, today. In that vein, SMS.ac is contacting various governmental agencies to see what can be done to put mobile alert systems in place, in the near-term.”

Discussions with government officials in Indonesia, India and others are underway to explore what immediate steps can be taken for country-wide rollout of a mobile emergency warning system. Pousti asserts that deaths from tsunamis, earthquakes, fires and other disasters might be drastically reduced with the introduction of a mobile-based warning system. The SMS.ac CEO states that alerts sent to mobile handsets would be far more effective and timely than traditional warning systems currently employed.

“Televisions, computers and radios are not always on and certainly not a reliable form of alert,” said Pousti. “However, a recent survey of 50,345 SMS.ac members demonstrated that 87.3 percent of respondents keep their mobile phones with them and powered-up at all times. SMS.ac technology and connectivity makes it possible right now to simultaneously alert large populations to danger at any time, wherever they may be. That kind of accessibility is not possible with any other medium or with any other company.”

In a report published in London on Thursday by the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Science, Technology and Innovation, lead author Colestous Juma raised the question of whether scientific projects such as tsunami early warning systems are being given enough attention.

"The terrible devastation caused by the tsunamis last week raises the question of whether enough was invested in adopting existing technologies which could have reduced the scale of the disaster," Juma said. "In a knowledge-based economy, leaders and governments increasingly need science advisors to make effective use of emerging technologies."

IDC (http://www.idc.com), one of the world's premier market intelligence and advisory firms covering the information technology and telecommunications industries, recently named SMS.ac, Inc. (http://www.sms.ac/corporate) to its prestigious "10 Emerging Wireless Players to Watch" list for 2005.

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About SMS.ac

SMS.ac, Inc. is a mobile data communications company whose proprietary MMSbox™ platform enables the interoperable exchange of mobile multimedia (MMS and SMS) and micro-transaction billing across all mobile standards, protocols and the Internet. A demonstration of the MMSbox platform is available at http://www.sms.ac.

With tens of millions of self-registered mobile consumers in 170 countries, and connectivity to more than 400 mobile operators worldwide, SMS.ac is host to the largest community of mobile phone users in the world. Through its global initiatives, SMS.ac is igniting the widespread adoption and use of wireless data. To view the SMS.ac corporate web site, visit http://www.sms.ac/corporate.

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