Sweden Expands National Alerting Capabilities
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | Comments

Everbridge expanded the capabilities of the national alerting system that it is powering for Sweden. Going forward, residents and visitors in Sweden will be able to receive short message service (SMS) notifications on their mobile phones if they reside within an area where sudden events such as fire, extreme weather or a terror attack occur.

All mobile operators in Sweden can now send location-based SMS alerts provided by Unified Messaging Systems (UMS), an Everbridge Company, with an "important message to the public" from SOS Alarm, the system operator.

“The mobile phone is the best tool for reaching the population and for providing important information about how to act during major accidents and other severe events,” said Kenny Lorentzon, head of emergency response department at SOS Alarm. “This is a significant step forward that all mobile operators are now connected to this service, which is an important part of strengthening Swedish crisis preparedness and creating a safer Sweden for all.”

Following legislative changes that began 1 July, 2017, SOS Alarm now has the ability to send SMS alerts to anyone who resides in a defined geographic area in Sweden. Previously, Sweden only had the opportunity to send alerts to mobile phones registered within an affected area. Neither UMS nor SOS Alarm stores data from mobile operators and the information transmitted cannot be used in other contexts.

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