International tender was won by Global Consortium
Systems Chile SA which must deliver a platform of national coverage that will
operate at, no cost to users, the five mobile companies in the country.
Emergency alerts received on mobile handsets with compatible format will be
similar to an SMS text message, targeted by geography, by location and type of
emergency determined by ONEMI.
All Chile remember to Martina Maturana, the girl who
ran to the square of the Robinson Crusoe Island in the morning of 27F, to alert
their neighbors to the tsunami by ringing a bong. Thanks to this timely warning
thousands of life could be saved. Beyond the heroic act of Martina, for the
Government is a social duty that security people do not depend only of the
luck. In this context, the Department of Telecommunications awarded today the
international tender for the implementation of the massive warning system for
cell phones that ONEMI will use massively to warn people how to act in cases of
Emergency alerts received on compatible mobile
handsets will be similar to the format of an SMS text message, targeted by
geography, by location and type of emergency determined by the ONEMI. One of
the major strengths of this technological system, which sends messages of 93
characters, is that operates in RF channels that are not directly affected by
congestion, giving greater security at the reception of messages.
"This is a very important step to meet one of the
commitments of the President in emergency issues. That families may have a
mechanism for timely information that will help save lives before a natural
disaster", said the Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter.
Pedro Pablo Errazuriz, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications,
said that this development is part of joint efforts made by the SUBTEL and
ONEMI: "2010 was succeeded in establishing a new emergency communications
system of the State that has multiple backups, and the task this year is to
have a communication system operating automatic with the families which will be
useful to inform people on time".
For his part, the sub secretary of Telecommunications, Jorge Atton,
stated that "this system of massive messages to compatible phones, that
will operate from December 2011, may be used in a second stage of gradually in
television, as the Free digital TV reception will be deployed in the country,
another reason to accelerate the adoption of digital TV law that sets a
deadline for TV channels to carry digital coverage areas. In three years 85% of
the country will have digital coverage and in five years 100%, after regulatory