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Monday, January 02, 2012

The IDF's new early warning system

On Sunday, the IDF home front command conducted a test of an early warning system against rocket fire: Sending an SMS to your cell phone.
The Home Front Command is conducting a test on Sunday (January 1) of a text message system that will warn residents of incoming missiles and rockets.

The system will provide warnings in real time according to location.

Sunday's test is being conducted in the central part of the country.

Under the system, messages will be sent in four languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian.

The system was first tested during the "Turning Point 5" civil defense drill, during which alerts were sent to a number of localities in Israel.
I can think of three potential problems. First, a not insignificant number of people in this country (I'd say 10-20%) have Kosher cell phones, which do not send or receive text messages. Maybe that can be overridden.

Second, many people do not jump at their cell phones the minute there is a text message. If you have 15 seconds to escape, you need to jump.

And third, what about all the people who don't have cell phones.

As usual, we are taking measures to hide instead of destroying the terrorists.

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At 8:23 PM, Blogger Warren said...

At least the teenagers will be safe!

At 8:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Text messages are the only way to alert the deaf and hearing impaired.

But if you're out in the open and more than 15 seconds from the nearest shelter, good luck.

Its not really a permanent solution to an on-going problem.


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