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Aprueban Anexo Técnico del Sistema de Mensajería de Alerta Temprana de Emergencias – SISMATE

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The use of mobile technologies in Public Alerting

This paper aims at describing the state of the art regarding the use of mobile technologies in Public Warning Systems (PWS) and introducing Intersec Alerting Solution.

Context: two dominant technologies for alerting coexist on the market

The huge adoption of mobile phones all over the world is providing a great opportunity for governments to better inform population during emergency situations, by sending a message to all handsets that are in the hazardous zone. In order to do so, several technologies can be used.

In 2006 the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) produced a report on mobile-based technologies that became the basis for an emergency messaging service. The report suggested several mobile technologies (Paging, CBS, SMS, TV, MBMS, MMS, USSD, Email, IM Service) and concluded that Cell Broadcast Service (CBS) and Short Message Service (SMS) were among the most suitable technologies for delivering a mobile-driven PWS.

cell broadcast

Cell Broadcast 

Cell Broadcast, the historical and most widespread choice

How CBS became the standard

Further 3GPP & ETSI reports define more precisely the requirements for a PWS. Although they do not specify which technology has to be used, some CBS characteristics make it particularly interesting:

It uses a dedicated channel, allowing the delivery to millions of people in seconds, without being affected by network congestion (and without causing it). On the contrary, SMS use shared signaling channels and network congestion may lead to delays in delivery.

It can be displayed automatically with no user interaction and with a special ringtone, making the CBS message instantly recognizable as an alert (unlike the SMS).

When Japan decided to implement its Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System (ETWS) in 2007 it chose CBS for its delivery speed. This aspect is indeed very important for earthquake warning, where the alert message has to be sent in the short time lapse (a few tens of seconds) between the first non-destructive waves and the real earthquake. The Japanese system was then formalized in 3GPP standards, setting the rule for future implementations.

Several countries have since followed Japan’s example and chosen CBS for their PWS, including Israel, Chile, the USA, Romania, Lithuania, Philippines, New Zealand, South Korea, Peru, Thailand,  United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands.

CBS limitations

However, CBS has one main limitation: it is not supported by all handsets and even when it is supported it requires a manual configuration from the user.

This means that it does not reach everybody. During a test conducted in the Netherlands in November 2013 many people complained on Twitter that they did not receive the message .

This was supposed to be a temporary issue but cell broadcast penetration among handsets proved to be slower than expected. As of today it is still unclear how many years will be needed before all handsets can receive CBS messages. Based on Homeland Security study on WEA mobile penetration , we can assume that from the time a country decides to implement CBS alerts, 5 to 10 years will be needed before a large percentage of the population (more than 90%) have a compatible device.

Moreover, the need for a manual configuration remains an issue, as a lot of people are still not familiar with the procedure, which can further postpone the date at which 90% of the population will actually receive the alerts.

SMS, historically second-best choice, has recently been chosen by several countries

For that reason and following recent technology improvements more and more countries are considering geo-targeted SMS as a viable option for mass-alerting. And that is how SMS, despite its limitations, is coming back on stage, maximizing the reach of the alerting campaign as all handsets natively support SMS, without requiring any configuration.

Australia was the first country to make this choice, in 2009, and today claims a rate of 93% of successful SMS delivery . SMS systems have also been deployed in Norway and Belgium, and a trial in the UK in 2013 concluded that location-based SMS was the preferred solution over CBS.

SMS overcame CBS

SMS overcame CBS 

In addition to solving the reach issue, SMS offers several advantages, such as:

  • It is less expensive and quicker to implement, as much of the infrastructure is already in place,
  • It gives a proof of delivery, insuring governments and MNOs against all liability in case of accidents,
  • It unlocks the possibility to personalize the message (e.g. the language) on a per-user basis.

However, SMS keeps the aforementioned limitations:

  • Network congestion may lead to delays in delivery,
  • A standard SMS may not be identified immediately as urgent

CBS-SMS comparative analysis: what to keep in mind

The following table summarizes the main advantages and drawbacks of the two technologies:

geo-targeted sms vs cbs

Geo-targeted sms vs CBS 

CBS and SMS are often considered as rival technologies for PWS. However, a closer look at their ad-vantages and drawbacks reveals some complementarities, meaning that using them together will solve most issues that each technology faces when used alone.

Intersec approach: combine CBS and SMS to maximize both reach and delivery speed of PWS

Intersec approach can be summarized in two key points:

  • Combine CBS and SMS channels to maximize both reach and delivery speed with advanced network congestion prevention mechanisms
  • Take advantage of our unique geofencing technology, which is both real-time and mass-scale, for advanced population movement monitoring and increased efficiency in crisis management.
    Intersec has a proven track of records for Cell Broadcast and Igloo technologies in about 15 countries covering several hundred million people. Major deployments include various affiliates in Orange Group, Weve (joint venture of EE, O2 and Vodafone in the UK) and Telefonica Group in Europe and Latin America.

Maximizing reach & time to inform everybody effectively

Intersec multi-channel approach allows to maximize both reach and delivery speed by:

  • Using CBS to inform CB activated handsets rapidly. Intersec CBS is particularly relevant in a context of PWS: it is network agnostic (2G/3G/4G), PWS standards compliant (CAP/ATIS), and includes smart network congestion mechanisms.
  • Sending SMS as a complement: first to people with a non CB compatible device and then to CB compatible devices in case CB was not configured or activated.

Moreover, Intersec solution uses real-time monitoring of subscribers density and statistics of successful delivery reports to optimize delivery timeline and which areas get alerted first. This way the delivery can benefit from the additional word of mouth effect, accelerating efficiently the spread of the alerting.

Maximizing successfulness of SMS delivery

Network congestion may cause delay in SMS delivery during emergency situations. Intersec solution implements several features designed to minimize this effect, such as:

sms delivery

  • Using our Plateforme as a cache to offload network elements such as HLR,
  • Leveraging on subscriber connection state to maximize First Delivery Attempt success,
  • Prioritizing the SMS alerting traffic over the user P2P traffic,
  • Using real-time monitoring of RAN / core network nodes load information to ensure SMS delivery across congested networks.

Increasing campaign effectiveness

GeoSafe offers two unique capabilities that allow increasing the effectiveness of an alerting campaign:
The ability to manage lists of people, to know who has been alerted,
A mass-scale real-time view over the location of all subscribers on the network.

These features increase crisis management efficiency by:

  • Sending personalized messages in the language of the subscriber,
  • Optimizing the evacuation plan by sending appropriate directions to different groups of population in the same area,
  • Monitoring the effects of the campaign in real-time (using heat maps and statistics about population movements) to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.

It also allows to communicate with the alerted population after the crisis even if they have left the area, which was identified as a key issue by Francis Markus – East Asia spokesperson for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – who commented after the Fukushima event in Japan that “the conditions faced by those displaced were made worse by them not knowing when they can return.”
Intersec provides a consolidated future proof solution, which:

  • Is 100% telco grade, highly performant and supports virtualization,
  • Maximizes the reach towards the population,
  • Integrates unique and compelling functionalities for PWS for increased crisis management and population safety.


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SISMATE – Cell Broadcast – Peru



Te contamos qué es el SISMATE

Es un sistema de mensajería de alerta temprana que busca notificarte ante algún tipo de desastre antes, durante y/o después. Se te comunicará si te encuentras en la zona de emergencia.

¿Cómo funciona?

El MTC, a través de una plataforma inteligenteEl MTC, a través de una plataforma inteligente, se conecta con los operadores para notificar a los usuarios sobre algún desastre.

notificar a todos los teléfonos EntelGracias a un trabajo en conjunto es que podemos notificar a todos los teléfonos Entel que estén en zona de emergencia.

La notificación de alertaLa notificación de alerta será una forma de prevenirlos según sea el caso.

Saturar las líneas con llamadas o smsAnte un desastre es mejor no saturar las líneas con llamadas o sms. Nos encargaremos de alertar a los equipos en la zona.

¿Cómo puedes habilitar tu equipo pararecibir las alertas de emergencia?

Debes saber que no todos los Equipos cuentan con el software para poder ser configurados. Asegúrate de que esté actualizado en tu equipo.

Mira cómo actualizar el software de un Own Smart 8

Ingresa a Configuración

Ingresa a Configuración

Actualización del sistema
Elige la opción “Actualización del sistema”

Comprobar actualizaciones

Selecciona “Comprobar actualizaciones” y utiliza la más reciente, y listo.

En caso no puedas realizar la actualización o validación, puedes acceder a la configuración acercándote a alguna de nuestras tiendas Entel o comunicándote con nuestro centro de asesoría en línea.


Una alerta que te cuida

Pronto recibirás mensajes de alerta temprana ante posibles desastres naturales gracias al sistema de mensajería de alerta temprana (SISMATE).

¿Qué es el SISMATE?

Es una herramienta tecnológica creada por el gobierno que nos permitirá alertarte de un posible desastre cerca de ti. En colaboración con el Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones se espera, en los próximos meses, que la mayoría cuente con este sistema por el bienestar de todos.

¿Cuál es su función?

Prevenir daños y/o lesiones
en la mayoria de personas posibles

Alertar un desastre en un
periodo suficiente para
poder actuar con calma y
evitar tragedias.




El sismate es un Sistema de mensajería instantánea que alertara a través de los celulares con cooperación del Ministerio de Transportes y comunicaciones, a una zona de riesgo ante posibles desastres naturales.


¿Cómo funciona?

  • EL MTC se comunicara con los operadores para que se notifique a los clientes sobre un desastre.
  • Bitel notificara a los celulares dentro del área de peligro.
  • La alerta es preventiva para poder salvaguardarnos durante el desastre natural.

¿Cómo Habilitarlo?

En caso no puedas realizar la actualización o validación, puedes acceder a la configuración acercándote a alguna de nuestras tiendas Bitelo comunicándote a nuestro centro de atención 123 sin costo o al 930123123 con costo.

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NL-Alert waarschijnlijk pas volgend jaar mogelijk op 4g-netwerken

Het wordt op zijn vroegst pas begin volgend jaar mogelijk om via de 4g-netwerken van de Nederlandse providers NL-Alert-berichten te ontvangen. Veel telefoongebruikers zeggen geen of pas veel te te laat het testbericht van maandag te hebben ontvangen.

nl-alertTerwijl KPN al een landelijk 4g-netwerk in de lucht heeft en providers als Vodafone en T-Mobile daar naar toe werken, meldt de website van NL-Alert dat het op moderne smartphones die via 4g communiceren nog niet mogelijk is om de alarmdienst te gebruiken. Woordvoerder Lodewijk Hekking van het ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie laat weten dat de overheid nog in onderhandeling is met de providers om NL-Alert ook via 4g-netwerken mogelijk te maken. Hij verwacht echter dat dat op zijn vroegst pas begin volgend jaar mogelijk zal zijn, terwijl het systeem al wel in gebruik is.

De providers krijgen volgens de woordvoerder nog geen vergoeding voor de kosten die zij maken voor het alarmeringssysteem; ook daarover is de overheid nog in onderhandeling. Eventueel kan een zogeheten ‘nadeelcompensatie’ worden uitgekeerd. Wel zou het ministerie van Economische Zaken via een wettelijke aanwijzing providers kunnen dwingen om ook via 4g NL-Alert door te geven.

Maandag verstuurde NL-Alert opnieuw een testbericht. Terwijl smartphonebezitters die al gebruik maken van 4g technisch geen alarmberichten kunnen ontvangen, klagen onder andere op Tweakers veel gebruikers die via 2g of 3g zijn verbonden geen enkel bericht of pas ruim na 12.00 uur een NL-Alert te hebben ontvangen. Anderen kregen juist meerdere berichten binnen.

Volgens Hekking is nog niet vast te stellen of de proef beter is verlopen dan de vorige testronde waarbij naar schatting 3,9 miljoen smartphonebezitters succesvol een controlebericht ontvingen. Met behulp van een onderzoeksbureau zal de overheid dit steekproefsgewijs gaan controleren. Over enkele weken wordt daarvan de uitslag bekend. Wel zou het versturen van het testbericht voor de eerste maal vanuit een centraal punt zijn verstuurd, in dit geval via de landelijke centrale meldkamer in Driebergen. Bij de vorige proef werden de NL-Alerts nog vanuit de verschillende regionale knooppunten verstuurd.

Het ministerie geeft ook aan te gaan bekijken of de informatie over hoe een toestel in te stellen op de NL-Alert-website kan worden verbeterd. Sommige bezitters van een mobieltje klagen erover dat de geboden informatie is verouderd of dat een bepaald type toestel niet is te vinden. Verder laat de woordvoerder weten dat er vermoedelijk later dit jaar wederom een controlebericht verstuurd gaat worden. Er zijn nog geen plannen om dit elke eerste maandag van de maand te gaan doen, zoals met de sirenetests wel gebeurt.



Taiwan market: NCC to demand cell broadcast capability from 4G operators

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) on July 31 indicated that all 4G mobile communication operators will be required to provide cell broadcast-based text message services specifically for sending warnings against large disasters to a large number of receivers.

Each 4G operator should set up a cell broadcast control center, NCC said. In addition, 4G handsets to be launched by 4G operators should be cell broadcast-enabled models, NCC noted.

Currently, 3G operators can only send up to 2,000 text messages based on LBS (location based service) broadcasts a minute, NCC indicated.