Sri Lanka's First Mass Alert Emergency Warning System Launched
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) of Sri Lanka, together with
Dialog Telekom PLC launched Sri Lanka's first mass alert warning system
- the Disaster & Emergency Warning Network (DEWN) recently, under the
patronage of Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda
Samarasinghe, DEWN was developed by Dialog Telekom in collaboration with
its partners the Dialog-University of Moratuwa Mobile Communications
Research Laboratory and Microimage, following research and development
undertaken after the tsunami disaster of 2004. DEWN is controlled by the
DMC and is a Corporate Responsibility initiative by Dialog Telekom of
national significance with potential to transform the mobile phone into
a life-saving device during emergency situations.
This entirely non-commercial undertaking is a wonderful example of
multi-sector entities pooling strengths to develop a high-quality
Human-Centered Start To Year Of ICT
DEWN is a system that is being tested by the DMC to alert Dialog
mobile users of potential disasters via a method called 'Cell
Users only need to configure area information reception settings on
their Dialog mobiles to receive the alerts issued.
The launch of this ICT for Development initiative is viewed as an
ideal way to herald the Year of Information Communication Technology and
English as declared by H. E. the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. DEWN uses
ICT to transmit alerts through the GSM network. Cell Broadcast is
currently available only on the Dialog GSM network and not yet available
on 3G mode.
Speaking at the launch event Mahinda Samarasinghe, said "Since the
2004 tsunami the whole world is aware of the importance of disaster
management. DEWN in Sri Lanka attempts at providing a solution towards
the safety of our people.
DEWN is an excellent example of the private sector joining hands with
the Government for the benefit of the nation, and all parties involved
in this great initiative deserve praise for the amount of hard work put
in over the past years to develop a world class product.
I urge the people of Sri Lanka to educate themselves on appropriate
ways to react to emergency situations, which can play a big part in
successfully mitigating damage in potential disaster scenarios."
How DEWN Works:
The Emergency Operations Centre of the DMC has been given access to
the secure DEWN alerting interface.
When information is received by the DMC, the information is verified
and alerts can be issued. The DMC takes responsibility to adequately
verify any emergency situation and issue alerts.