Google SOS Alerts: Google has been developing a number of technologies in order to keep human lives safe during any sort of calamity, and has added many safety features to its Search and Maps.
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Google has developed SOS Alerts for keeping the users updated with any sort of important information during disasters. Amongst the alerts in the newly developed Google SOS, there are maps, news reports, emergency phone numbers as well as translations of local phrases/languages.
Earlier social media giant Facebook has also tried to do the same with their Safety Check feature, but they failed due to various inconsistencies. Moreover, this feature from Facebook has also been accused of spreading unnecessary fear amongst the users.
On the other hand, Google says,”major natural, manmade, or humanitarian disasters” will activate the alerts, but it “can’t guarantee that you’ll see an SOS Alert for every major crisis”.
If you’re using maps Google SOS Alerts will keep you posted with whatever is going on around that area such as road blockades and also help you out with emergency resources like emergency contact numbers and other web resources.
Whereas if you’re using Search, the interface will display information depending on how close you’re to the place of calamity. In case, you’re nearby to the place of the incident a banner may come up with notifications about the incident and other emergency information and contact numbers.
Unlike Facebook’s Safety Check the Google SOS alerts will not show you anything directly if you’re not in the close vicinity of the area affected by the disaster, but you’ll be able to access important alerts about the incident by directly searching for it.
As said by Google,”In times of crisis, access to timely, actionable information is crucial. Working alongside trained responders and volunteers on the ground, technology plays a vital role in providing information to help keep you and loved ones safe and informed”.
Explaining further more about how they’ll execute these they said,”We have teams around the world who source content from government agencies, first responders, trusted media outlets, and NGOs. We also aggregate information from other Google products and services, such as Google News, Google Maps, Waze, and more.”
Within the alerts that one will be receiving he/she may also receive links to make emergency donations to help out the people affected.
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Source: The Independent
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