Thursday, February 16, 2012

Location Based Alerting Systems - WTF?

 Ok, I guess it makes sense.. If there is some sort of emergency in your area (based on location services on your phone) a text alert can be sent to you. This message is in the form of a pop up.

I got one today. It simply read, "CMAS Alert" with an option to click a "Dismiss" button. That's it.

A little research and I found out that this message:
"CMAS Alert" followed by "Civil Emergency in this area until 1:24 PM EST Take Shelter Now U.S. Govern."

WTF?? Take shelter now?!? I think that I would rather have an SMS with MORE detail or link to a site with more information. People were unsettled to say the least when they received that message.

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