Warning for Android and iPhone users: Your phone may emit a loud emergency sound today.
Today, users of Android and iPhone devices are being reminded that their gadgets may emit a loud siren sound. This is why.
Don’t be concerned if your iPhone or Android gadget starts blasting out a loud sound this lunchtime. It’s all part of an experiment to see how well a statewide emergency warning system works in alerting Britons when there’s a life-threatening situation. The initial test of this new siren was sent out to some devices last week, and a second alarm will be tested today between 1 and 2 p.m.
If you’re part of the experiment, you’ll hear a sound and receive a text that says, “This is a mobile network operator test of the Emergency Alerts service.” You don’t have to do anything.”
Users can also expect their devices to vibrate for about 10 seconds, with the noise continuing even if the device is in silent mode. They won’t work if the smartphone is turned off or in aeroplane mode.
Emergency notifications will be broadcast from mobile phone masts to every suitable mobile phone or tablet in range during today’s incident, which is expected to take place in sections of Reading, Berkshire.
The UK government’s Emergency Alerts system was inspired by countries like New Zealand, who have been using text messages to inform citizens for some time.
The notifications might be used to deliver messages about public health emergencies, industrial catastrophes, and terror strikes, among other things.
More information regarding the alert system was provided by the Cabinet Office, which stated that it would send out warnings outlining affected areas, advise on what to do, and a link to any additional information.
The UK government wants to be able to send SMS alerts to millions of people by “summer 2021” if the tests are successful.
According to the Cabinet Office, the system does not use people’s phone numbers and instead sends out alerts to anyone in a given region. The warnings, according to the government, “do not show your location or collect any personal data.” Only authorized governmental and emergency services users can send alerts.”
Users can opt out of particular warnings via the Android or iOS settings if they desire, but the most crucial ones will always be sent. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”