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Alarming the Population Using SMS

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S. Sillem, J. W. F. Wiersma, B. J. M. Ale

Delft University of Technology

Paper No. IMECE2004-59686, pp. 83-88; 6 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Engineering/Technology Management: Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis, Technology and Society, Engineering Business Management
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division, Technology and Society Division, and Management Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4720-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Alarming a community in case of an emergency is not always perfect, as recent incidents in the Netherlands have shown. The audibility of the current siren is too low, especially for people indoors, and the public often does not know how to behave in an emergency situation. This paper describes the evaluation study of a project that investigates the possibilities of using Short Message Services (SMS) as an addition to the siren. The study describes a pilot project in the Netherlands, where an SMS service was used to inform and give instructions to the population of the city of Vlaardingen in case of an emergency. The pilot study has been carried out in the first half of 2004. The objective of this pilot study was to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the service. At this moment (April 2004) the pilot study is still ongoing. This paper presents the first results of this pilot.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Emergencies



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