Itongadol.- People spend the night at a soccer field after a strong aftershock in Arica, Chile, early Thursday | Photo credit: AP
Millions of Chileans were alerted to an approaching tsunami this week by mass notification technology developed by an Israeli company, eVigilo.
After a major earthquake rocked Chile on Tuesday, the authorities had little time to inform citizens about an approaching tsunami. Thanks to the government\’s efforts to have eVigilo\’s capabilities become a central part of large-scale emergency contingencies, first-responders could communicate with the resident\’s on the coast in real time, sending out evacuation orders through multiple platforms.
After more than 400 Chileans lost their lives in an earthquake and a tsunami in 2010, eVigilo was awarded a government-issued tender for setting up a new tsunami early-warning system in Chile. According to eVigilo\’s website, the company\’s systems allows for a "geotargeted multi-channel alert and notification system reaching millions of people within seconds." The company uses SMART technology, which stands for Scalable Messaging Application in Real-Time.
The Israel Defense Forces Homefront Command has used eVigilo to communicate with citizens during large-scale civil defense exercises and emergencies. During rocket attacks, Gaza-area communities are often instructed to seek shelter using eVigilo\’s system, which can send warnings through the radio, television and cellular devices. It can also activate sirens and mobile applications in specific areas.