Australia — About 70 “Sentinel Alert” systems will be set up at houses in Jalbarragup, near Nannup, to test the effectiveness of the new technology in alerting people to hazardous situations.
The system uses a combination of satellite and wireless technology to send updates to a self-installed display unit in homes.
Sentinel Alert inventor, Ray Datodi, says the system is independent of any communications infrastructure.
“It overcomes all the problems associated with mobile phone issues and it’s a guaranteed method of getting warnings to people in a hazardous situation, such as fires, floods and cyclones,” Mr Datodi said.
He said the system would benefit people in remote and rural areas.
“We had to overcome issues of mobile phone black spots, SMS latency, SMS messages which can take minutes, and even hours, so it was important to have a system that was immediate.”