Disaster alert radio developed in Canberra

Disaster alert radio developed in Canberra

2 October 2009

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — A new device that would force radios to turn on and automatically issue information during emergencies is being developed in Canberra.

The yellowbird radio alert system allows radios to flash a warning light and transmit official messages such as bushfire warnings.

The system’s developers say it could be used to alert people in the Asia Pacific region to natural disasters.

The former director-general of Emergency Management Australia, David Templeman, says the developers have applied for a Federal Government grant to fund the final stages of the product.

“We see this as being another suite of the armoury to complement the importance of getting timely messages to the community in a very consistent, ordered way,” he said.

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