Rescue 118

Sri Lanka is testing a wireless network based emergency and disaster warning system, eleven months after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed some 40,000 coastal dwellers. Sri Lanka is testing a wireless network based emergency and disaster warning system, eleven months after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed some 40,000 coastal dwellers. Developed by Dialog Telekom and local application developer Microimage, the warning system will be tested in Ratnapura and Galle before deployed island wide.

Anyone with information about a crisis can dial the toll free number – 118, which will trigger a series of alerts across all security and emergency services.

The security and emergency services will remain on standby until the situation is confirmed by a designated competent authority.

On confirmation the system will also trigger a public warning, through mobile phones.

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The GSM based warning system will cost some Rs. 10,000 each, with Dialog chief Dr. Hansa Wijayasuriya estimating 5000 units to be installed in the first phase, covering all police stations, key religious institutions and other public establishments.

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