A stable government’s leaders can manage the economy, legislation and law enforcement, medical standards, and the defense of borders. But a crisis is public safety is sudden, often unexpected, and requires rapid response by both government bodies and the citizens themselves.
Public safety communications are absolutely critical in the prevention of damage, destruction, financial loss, injury and death when disaster strikes. Technology is the cornerstone of these efforts; government officials and emergency managers need a zero-failure, citizen-friendly public safety communications system that makes it quick and easy to instantly reach millions of citizens with a warning message or instructions.
The obvious strategy to achieve this in the 21st century is with a national emergency alert system based on a transmitting government emergency alerts via cellular networks. In most countries, mobile phones are ubiquitous, and can therefore serve as the perfect conduit for an emergency notification system that sends out urgent messages, quickly, efficiently and without bottlenecks.
But it’s not all that simple: Government bodies need to be able to contact smaller, remote geographic areas and to even reach them with public safety instructions when the cellular networks are in overload. This strategy is not the responsibility of commercial cellular providers. While these companies may provide the consumer facing infrastructure and devices to reach the consumer to promote public safety, the content and decision-making methodology must be centralized by the government and all its emergency and safety organizations, to assure a comprehensive, consistent solution.