AREA is expected to deliver the ‘disaster alert’ within seconds of its transmission from the authorised authority and also has the provision to get connected to a siren.Further, the device can be powered by small solar panels and the antennas are compact in size. In normal times, the system can be used for infotainment purposes.
“The receiver automatically turns on even when it is not in use at the time of the alert,” Rangarajan added.
In terms of cost, each system would be costing a few thousand rupees depending on AREA configuration — whether it is attached to a computer or a fixed location, with public address for the community, among others.
AREA is the result of a joint effort by primarily three players — Sri Lanka’s Sarvodaya, Learning Initiatives on Reforms for Network Economies (LIRNEasia) and WorldSpace.
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