National disaster and emergency warning system launched
A state-of-the-art disaster and emergency warning system backed by
the advancement of mobile communication was launched as a pilot project
at the Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order recently.
In the pilot phase of the national project Ratnapura and Galle police
stations will be connected to the country's emergency alarming 118
center of the Police Headquarters and emergency alarms would relay in
seconds through this highly developed network.
The system will be tested and modified over the next few months
leading up to final deployment on a national basis.
At the final stage, country's two million Dialog mobile phone holders
will be able to receive short messages on a national disaster within
seconds in their preferred language, Sinhala, Tamil or English.
Pioneered as a Research and Development initiative of Dialog Telekom
and supported by Microimage and the Dialog-UoM laboratory, the initial
phase of Disaster and Emergency Warning Network (DEWN) combines the
innovative use of Cell Broadcast,
Location Based Technology and SMS available on a GSM network with
specialised terminal device technologies render a cost effective and
reliable mass alert system.
DEWN encompasses the multiple areas of specialized GSM handset
applications, prototype wireless alerting devices for domestic and
specialized use and the deployment of cutting edge Sinhala and Tamil
interfaces to deliver a suite of mass alert solutions applicable to the
Sri Lankan environment, says Dialog Telekom in a press release.
Public Security, Law and Order Ministry Secretary Tilak Ranaviraja
officially commenced the DEWN by initiating a model message to the 118
The commitment of Dialog Telekom in initiating a national network on
disaster alarm network is a trend setter for the entire private sector
in the country, said Ranaviraja at the launching ceremony.
"It is important to note that this network not only be dealing with
disasters like tsunami, but any emergency situation that threatens the
security of the public," he said.
Dialog Telekom Chief Executive Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya said that the
development of an effective disaster and emergency warning system
through the innovative leverage of the key resources we have at hand was
foremost in our minds over the past months.
"I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who
combined innovative thinking with dedication to purpose to bring this
project to the stage of pilot implementation.
DEWN capitalizes on the inherent strengths of GSM technology and the
widespread access provided by GSM networks, to create a specialized
Disaster Alert delivery and response layer residing on the incumbent
The Ministry of Public Security Law and Order has been a key
motivator in this project since its inception and today plays a key role
in its implementation through the public security system in Sri Lanka.
We are also truly proud and appreciative of the innovations created
by our partners in this project - Microimage and the Dialog-UoM Research
facility," he said.
Present at the launch of the pilot project were several key
dignitaries, including Thilak Ranaviraja Secretary to the Minister of
Public Security, Law and Order, Prof. Dileeka Dias Dialog University of
Moratuwa Research Laboratory and Harsha Purasinghe, CEO Microimage, all
of whom have collaborated in the development of the system.