Tsunami Multi-Channel Warning System Enters Field Testing

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eVigilo and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) will collaborate in further developing an integrated Tsunami alert system for real-time and geo-targeted messages sent to the population across multiple channels.

Our practical experience in designing national Tsunami alert and notification systems will contribute to this project and will serve as model for other countries.

eVigilo will integrate its Alert and Distribution Center (IADC) with the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS). IADC will receive Tsunami notifications from GDACS or from National authorities (e.g. Civil Protection) and will send automatically geo-targeted Internet and mobile alert messages across multiple channels such as : Push IP over fix and mobile networks, cell broadcast as well as TV, radio, sirens, billboards and pagers.

By using various channels to reach people at risk, the integration of the two systems will help maximize the number of people that can be directly alerted in case of a Tsunami. Thorough testing of the joint-system will be executed in Setubal (Portugal), 50km south of Lisbon, in collaboration with the local Civil Protection authorities and the local municipality, who have already developed a detailed evacuation plan in case of flooding due to a potential Tsunami.

eVigilo CEO Guy Weiss has said: “We are thrilled to become proactive members in this joint research project and happy to contribute from our knowledge. We are confident that our practical experience in designing national Tsunami alert and notification systems will contribute to this project and will serve as model for other countries.”
Through the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), the JRC will provide scenario calculations and Tsunami analyses. In the event of an incoming tsunami wave, innovative software automatically calculates the results of tsunami propagation predictions and alerts via SMS or email the international responder community. GDACS could also directly alert people at risk by activating alerting devices such as the Tsunami Alerting Device's (TAD). Alternatively the activation of the alerting devices could be decided by the local National authorities that then in turn would dispatch an alerting message through various channels, including TV, radio and devices such the TAD with one single command.
As part of the concept, eVigilo will enable the authorities to maintain interactive communication with the population through dedicated Smartphone applications. Those applications will enable the population to respond to messages received and send “Panic Messages” to the authorities when they are in distress. The authorities will be able to geo-locate those messages on a map using eVigilo IADC and execute required rescue efforts.

About eVigilo
eVigilo designs and develops the industry’s only fully-integrated mass alert platform that can reach millions of people in just seconds, to substantially improve personal safety and save lives. Supporting communication between multiple alert channels, eVigilo line of products are both holistic and flexible alert platforms. Thus, eVigilo provides the most effective and efficient turnkey solution for mass alert systems, used by governments, homeland security agencies, municipalities and industrial organizations. For more information please visit http://www.evigilo.net
About the JRC
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's in-house science service.
Its mission is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception,
development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies. The JRC serves
the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests,
whether private or national. Through its Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) the JRC develops methods and technologies in support to crisis management operations.
For further information please visit http://www.jrc.ec.europa.eu
The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), jointly developed by the JRC and the United Nations, is a web-based platform that sends an automatic email or SMS message to its users worldwide and instantly alerts them in case of disasters that require international humanitarian intervention. GDACS aims at consolidating and strengthening the network of providers and users of disaster information worldwide in order to provide reliable and accurate alerts and impact estimations after sudden-onset disasters and to improve the cooperation of international responders in the immediate aftermath of major natural, technological and environmental disasters.
For further information, please visit http://www.gdacs.org


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