The French interior ministry launched a new app for alerting mobile users in the event of a terrorist attack or other emergency. The app is called SAIP – an acronym for Système d’alerte et d’information des populations which roughly translates to “Informational and alert system for the people”. The app is available on Android and iOS in both English and French.
In the event of a terrorist attack, the app displays a white “ALERT” sign, along with a short description of what's going on, against a solid red backdrop on the smartphone's display. The user may also get further information, such as whether a police operation is underway and how to react properly to the situation. As a precaution, the app features no sound notifications or vibration in order not to draw the attention of possible attackers.
The app includes alerts and tips on how to react to other situations, such as nuclear attacks and natural disasters.
And also instead of having notifications pushed to the app as soon as the authorities get a word on what's happening users have the option of sharing the information on Twitter and Facebook.