UK Individuals’ Cellphones are Tested for Emergency Alerts
On Sunday afternoon, the UK government tested an emergency alerts system that caused millions of cell phone users throughout the nation to experience a brief loud blaring and vibrating alarm on their mobile devices. The technology was created by Fujitsu, a Japanese company.
The notifications were supposed to go off at 3 p.m. on the scheduled timeframe, however some people got the alarm on their mobile devices before that time while others got the alerts after it had passed.
Millions of cellphones in the UK rang for just 10 seconds as the alarm went off, including those at concerts and athletic events like Premier League games.
On phones that were turned off, the alarm also went off. It was backed up by a statement that said: “This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK government service that will warn you if there’s a life-threatening emergency nearby.”
While this was happening, some residents took to social media to express their frustration at not receiving the alarm on their mobile devices.
The idea behind the new alarm system was influenced by comparable technology utilized in certain nations, including Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States, to alert their citizens to potential threats to their lives or property.
Keep on, no matter what. When the nation receives this test alarm at 3:00 PM today, they will act in accordance with British custom.
Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden stated before the test that “the government’s top priority is to keep people safe and this is another tool in the toolkit for emergency situations.”