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Text Message Alert Plan for London

3 April 2003

Ananova reports today on plans outlined by the Government to use mobile phone text messaging to alert citizens in London in the event of a possible terrorist incident.

Giving evidence before the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, Nick Raynsford, the Government Minister for London Resilience, said such a scheme was one of number of ways that modern communications technologies could used to give advance warning to the public.

Zyg Kowalczyk, Director of the London Resilience Team, told the Committee: "We are looking at the possibility of swamping a particular area with a particular message. It is technically possible and we are working on it."

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