According to an article in InformationWeek, state authorities in New York are testing out a new system that would deliver emergency alerts over online gaming networks in addition to TV and radio. This system, designed to reach the younger demographic of users who often spend more time gaming that watching TV, will use the internet connectivity provided by console platforms like the Xbox 360, PlayStation, and Wii, to broadcast warnings about natural and man-made disasters in real-time.
New York State Deputy CIO Rico Singleton shared this news at the recent Interop technology conference in New York City, but wouldn’t go into further details about the service besides saying that it was currently in the testing phase.
There’s no time frame on when the new service will publicly launch, but assuming it works out, it wouldn’t be surprising to see other states adopt the technology as well.
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