When warnings can make a life-saving difference
In 2009, a bushfire disaster – when people were not alerted – left 173 dead, 414 injured, 2,000 homes destroyed, and 7,300 people displaced in Australia. We swore to never let that happen again.
Build a National Emergency Warning System for use across Australia
Why is this a significant problem?
- In 2009, a bushfire disaster left 173 dead, 414 injured, 2,000 homes destroyed, and 7,300 people displaced in Australia
- There are 50,000 bushfires in Australia every year
Why is the problem challenging?
- SMS alerts are ineffective in areas with poor mobile network
- Large-scale emergency warning through landline calls is nascent
- Load balancing over parallel carrier binds on legacy systems, and does not deliver more than 70 percent availability
- Our solution architects and software engineers jointly solved the problem
- Our solution architects built a carrier solution leveraging 128 parallel binds (as against the conventional 8 binds) to deliver SMS and landline call alerts
- Our software engineers built the alerting application with bind load balancing intelligence and 99.5 percent availability
- Integration with all major carriers ensuring coverage to itinerants in emergency areas
- Guaranteed delivery of 500 SMS alerts and 1,000 landline calls/second for 38 concurrent campaigns to 50,000+ recipients
Today, this system has sent over 7.7 million alerts, in 1,444 emergency situations to those affected by natural disasters, saving lives and homes in all 8 jurisdictions of Australia.