Pattaya considers upgrade to alarm system

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Hoping to bring the city’s disaster-alert system into the 21st century, Pattaya officials are looking at upgrading a system built on text messages into one that can communicate with today’s mobile devices.

Officials from Pattaya’s Permanent Secretary’s Office, and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department met with representatives from the private Secure Group.

(L to R) Thalsaporn Waenwang, coordinator, Prawit Chaipotthong, marketing manager, and Krungthon Sakolphap, IT officer, from the Secure Group Consortium provide information to city hall about the new ARC-GMS Alarm. (L to R) Thalsaporn Waenwang, coordinator, Prawit Chaipotthong, marketing manager, and Krungthon Sakolphap, IT officer, from the Secure Group Consortium provide information to city hall about the new ARC-GMS Alarm.

They showed off an upgrade to the city’s existing SMS-based alarm receiving center system that transmits using GSM-based wireless data.

Secure Group rep Krungthon Sakolphap said the upgraded system can send emergency alerts via SMS to smartphones and other wireless devices. The GSM data speeds are much faster than Pattaya’s 1990’s era GPRS system.

The meeting adjourned without a decision on whether to move forward on the upgrade with city officials saying the proposal needs more research.