Weather Alerts Will Be Storming Smart Phones
The weather is becoming more difficult to predict. A sunny morning can disastrously end in heavy rains and strong winds. Storms and hurricane even surged in the past few summer seasons. Earthquakes are observed to become frequent, while the sun seems to be more scorching than ever. In some countries, an hour of rain could make a town submerged in flood.
Some people claim these as the effect of Global Warming. Others refuse to believe.
But whichever side the debate seem to favour in, one cannot deny the greater need of people for a device that can give them a heads up on the kind of weather expected during a particular day. Thus, the weather alert on smartphones was touted.
How the Weather Alert Feature is Expected to Work
At the last week of June, the new Wireless Emergency Alert system is expected to work with the National Weather Service in warning Americans about the menacing weather. This is foreseen to work for the convenience of those who are nowhere near a computer to check updates from a website, television, radio, storm siren, or any warning advisory devices.
The feature basically sends huge pool of warnings to smartphone users in the path of a calamity. Given the unpredictability of the weather, people expect that the alert system will be put into good use. People in charge of sending out warnings will be responsible in notifying smartphone users whenever life-threatening tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards are expected to occur.
The warnings will be issued in the guise of text messages containing no more than ninety characters. The notification automatically pops on the screen of smartphones. Newer units of the devices may also give off a special tone and vibrate patterns for the warnings.
No to Fluff Warnings
Developers of the system promised to veer away from using satellite-based global positioning system to determine the location of the phones – this can be quite invasive to the privacy of users and takes a lot of work in the part of notification senders.
Instead, the participating carriers would send an alert out from cell towers in counties that are expected to be affected by the weather. Smartphone models that are compatible to the feature can easily pick up the alert.
Smartphone users outside the affected area then wouldn’t receive useless warnings. A user from Minneapolis who is currently in Kansas, for instance, can receive the local notification for Kansas and not for his hometown. This sets the distinction of the weather alert from other apps that deliver the warnings based on pre-set ZIP codes.
Not Having It All
The weather alert service does not entail payments or registrations. Users are also free to bail out from the system.
Currently, the feature is also not compatible with some units of smartphones. The locations that the system can reach are also still limited. To date, 97% of users with phones agreed to participate, along with cellular phone providers. The number of mobile phones capable of sending the alerts is yet to be determined but FEMA said that the features is probably already used by millions.
Users of iPhones, nonetheless, remain to be on the lookout whether or not Apple will live to its promises of joining the system in the fall.
About The Author:
Norris Lemuel Lasay has been working as an online article writer for quite some time, covering different technology related topics. He manages the Broadband Expert that compares internet providers, wireless internet and ways to save money on cables and satellites.