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Chilean transport and telecoms ministry MTT has opened bids from nine domestic and international companies in a tender to develop a mass alert system for national emergencies or catastrophes, according to a release from telecoms regulator Subtel.
The winning bidder will be responsible for enabling a technological platform that can alert the public through text messages, cell phones or other platforms.
The technological platform includes developing practices used in the US and Japan to provide accurate and timely information to the public on how best to act during an emergency, based in cell broadcast system (CBS) technology.
According to MTT minister Pedro Pablo Errázuriz, CBS technology employs a georeferencing system to send automated SMSs and is unaffected by network congestion.
Companies that responded to the tender include some who have implemented the same platform in the US, Israel and the Netherlands. The companies that have submitted proposals are Cellcast Technologies, Inex Americana, Indra Sistemas, Sixbell, Gallyas Servicio, Coasin Chile, Cia de Ingeniería de Sistemas, Global Systems and ZTE.
Starting from the opening of the tender on February 24, Subtel has 15 workdays to evaluate the proposals and award the contract. The system is expected to be up and running by year-end.