A new groundbreaking tsunami warning system, based in Hyderabad, India, has been scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2015.
The technology, created by the European company RegPoint, will will have the ability to send SMS messages immediately to all mobile phones in a designated locality, pinpointing precise warnings, guidance or other information to a specific geographical region before a disaster strikes.
In the case of a Tsunami, the warning service will be able to provide citizens with accurate and rapid information on the size, scale, and expected time of the disaster, as well as with advice on how best to secure their safety.
The Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has recognized how imperative an effective early-warning system is, especially since the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 killed 230,000 people in 14 countries around the Indian Ocean, and has been working with UK based firm RegPoint to put one in place.
“Even in a technologically advanced 21st century, we remain dangerously exposed to the worst Mother Nature has to offer,” RegPoint’s Chief Executive, Sophia Salenius, said.
“When we launch our new warning service in 2015, which we have been developing in conjunction with the Indian government, we will have gone a long way to preventing future loss of life.
“When the final technological development is completed early next year, we will have the capability to utilise a wealth of information and state of the art scientific analysis to significantly improve survival rates when disasters hit.”
Siddhartha Das, an experienced technical manager with local experience in the region, has been hired to run the growing operation, as the Indian government, in association with RegPoint, gears up for the launch of its new disaster warning service.
“We have been faced with some technical challenges over the last six months that we are now beginning to overcome. With the help of a new technical partner on site in Hyderabad, we are making the final improvements to a system that will undoubtedly save hundreds of lives,” said Das.
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