Mass Notification Systems
As a young child, there was a rather eventful camping trip out the back of my relative’s orchard. The morning was a clear morning but my uncle came down and told us to pack up, because the river was going to flood. We thought he was joking but he managed to convince us he was not. He was correct because half an hour after we got to the house majority of the orchard was under water. The world has come a long way since that trip. If we were camping there now we would no doubt be checking our apps on our smart phones for weather updates. But what happens if there is a disaster? There would be no guarantee that checking our phone on the off chance would save us. This is where Mass Notification Systems (MNS) would be great!
Smart Cities can use Mass Notification Systems (MNS) in massive to small circumstances. A massive event could be a natural disaster like a cyclone. A Smart City would use the technology available to reach out to as many people near the disaster as possible. Alert them to the disaster and give directions on how to reach safety. This would be done with the personnel in the emergency response teams. Smart Cities aim to use technology to help people. A small situation could be a local university. A mass notification may be required to let students know of a road block within the campus.
Mass Notification Systems (MNS) also have non-emergency benefits. This could include providing people with information of upcoming developments. This might be a new building, park, renovations to existing parks, the benefits are endless.
Some areas have already started using Mass Notification Systems (MNS), check out the further reading for more details.