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Vodafone joins a platform which helps in the search for missing people

10. March 2015

Vodafone joins the one-of-a-kind “SAR SMS” platform which allows the sending of mass text messages to areas where there is a high risk of threat to health or life. Thanks to this unique application, rescuers can promptly inform tens of thousands of citizens of an emergency situation or threat in their area. The non-commercial platform was developed by T-Mobile and is provided to the Integrated Rescue System (IRS).

“Joining the SAR SMS platform is the next step in developing the high standard of corporate social responsibility at Vodafone,” says Michal Kříž, the Head of Security at Vodafone. “Emergency situations must be handled promptly and this platform allows to send out information quickly and on a mass scale,” he adds.

The SAR SMS platform (which stands for “Search&Rescue SMS“) can help in various emergency situations. It enables to send information SMS in areas with an increased risk of threat to health or life, for example, in the case of industrial accidents, fire or floods. It can be also used in the search for missing people, especially children, in order to promptly notify the population in the particular area.

“The SAR SMS platform, which we developed in partnership with the Positions company, is quite unique in Europe. What is crucial to us is that this practical tool has been very positively received by the Integrated Rescue System,” says Martina Kemrová, the Head of Corporate Communication at T-Mobile. “We are very pleased that the six months of our hard work on developing the platform led to providing greater security to all citizens,” she adds.

Vodafone has been devoted to security, and Internet security in particular, in the long term. The Vodafone Foundation supports the national E-security project, which educates children, parents and teachers about the advantages as well as threats posed by the Internet. In 2013, a total of 2,247 children participated in multimedia discussions; in 2014, it was 6,553 children who took part in as many as 165 events.