December 2, 2023

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UK, April 23 trial of national emergency alert system on all mobile phones

UK, April 23 trial of national emergency alert system on all mobile phones

15 million devices can be reached by sound signal like siren and warning message. This system is similar to that used in the United States and Canada

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90 per cent of phones and tablets in the UK will be tested at 3pm on April 23 to prove the national alarm system. The government has announced that it will reach every device with a message, presenting a loud siren-like sound. The text that appears reads: “This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK Government service that will alert you if there is a life-threatening emergency nearby. In a real emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to protect yourself and others. Visit for more information. A test. You don’t need to take any action.”

Warning system of countries like USA, Canada, Japan and Netherlands

4G and 5G mobile phones will receive the message with sound and vibration for up to 10 seconds, and will work even if the devices are in silent mode. Users will be prompted to click “OK” on the home screen before continuing to use their device. The system is modeled after similar programs in the United States, Canada, Japan and the Netherlands. If the test works, it could be used in Britain to alert people to any emergency situations, such as floods, fires or other warnings.

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After the government’s announcement, critical voices against the initiative did not subside, especially the associations and activists involved in the fight against domestic violence asked themselves: they argue that the test will endanger the victims of secret and hidden abuse. A phone that can be located by an alarm signal. The government said it has partnered with some organizations that work with vulnerable women and girls to ensure they are not victimized. Officials said people could avoid participating in the test by turning off emergency alerts in their phone’s settings or turning off the device during the test.

epa10295717 British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street for Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament on November 09, 2022 in London, Britain.  EPA/ANDY RAIN

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