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Israel to Offer Missile Warnings by SMS

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Israel's Defense Forces are reported to be about to announce the details of a long planned SMS alerts service to warn citizens of incoming missile attacks. The application, developed by Israel based eViglio, in cooperation with Ericsson, is expected to be activated June 2011.

eViglio won the bid to develop the system, which is part of effort made by IDF's Home Front Command to integrate all emergency alerts in Israel into one centralized system. eViglio's system allows alerts to be sent to cell phones, television and radio stations, web sites and billboards.

With the new system, alerts will be sent to different geographic regions according to the relevant threat. Home Front Command will be able to select a specific area and send a pre-programmed or free text message with the appropriate procedures for the home front.

The system enables sending alerts in several languages simultaneously (Hebrew, English, Russian, Arabic and Amharic), and can also be used to notify citizens in cases of natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

Back in 2006, another Israeli company, Cellact - which develops SMS based messaging alerts started offering a similar service which sent warnings of incoming missile attacks, as well as other emergency alerts. The service was being marketed at kibbutzim (collective communities), towns and factories in northern Israel - close to the Lebanese border.

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