Sunday, July 31, 2005

SMS from the Police Commissioner

My mother's mobile phone received this SMS around 6:30 pm today:
Due to heavy rains, water logging likely in city n suburbs. Pls donot travel unless absolutely essential. Police Commissioner, Mumbai
I think it's authentic as it was sent by BPL Mobile directly. It's also a great communication idea.

But, by 6:30 most of the rain had subsided. The SMS would have been most effective if it was sent by 10 am. It's not difficult for mobile service providers to send all their users a quick SMS. I think a simple request from the Police / Municipal Commissioner / State Govt and all mobiles in the city would have a quick and timely SMS warning. Why has no one thought of this earlier?