At 12, anyone who was within the region Lombardyresident or not, saw his phone ring and vibrate with the alert It-alert, an experimental test message managed by the National Civil Protection. This is the public alert system which, in cases of serious emergencies and imminent or ongoing disasters, allows the dissemination of public alerts through the transmission of these messages called ‘It-Alert’.
Smartphones emit a new noise, easily recognizable, which cannot be confused with a phone call or any notification, creating a state of alert. The system will come into operation when an earthquake, a flood, the eruption of a volcano, a tsunami and all those events that cause disaster and require maximum attention and rapid action on the part of the population occur in a given area. The sound in particular it has the task of immediately alerting those who receive it and, in general, contributing to the state of alarm is also the fact that all the telephones in a given area will ring at the same time for a given period of time, so it will be easy to perceive the feeling of danger.
“This is a test message from the Italian public alarm system. Once operational it will alert you in the event of a serious emergency“, we read in the message that appears as a dual-language notification on phones, blocking any other operation that is in progress at that moment. It is in dual language so as to be understandable even by tourists who are in the area, in fact the message arrives regardless of residence but takes advantage of the system geolocation to reach every telephone present in a specific territory.
Receiving the message uses the smartphone’s internet network, therefore it is necessary to have a connection to be reached. At the moment it has not been defined exactly under what circumstances citizens will receive the notification. This is a next step, when the test throughout Italy has been completed and its correct functioning has been ascertained. In Lombardy, and in all the regions where the test has already been carried out, they have not occurred anomalies and the test was passed. On 19 September, as well as in Lombardy, the tests were carried out in Molise and Basilicata. The tests began last July and these