The Hague, The Netherlands, March 25, 2009
Position Paper Cell Broadcast as a tool for civil alert by supporting EU Governments.
Partner and Participating countries of the EU project "Cell Broadcast for public warning" have released an updated version (5.0) of the Position Paper Cell Broadcast as tool for civil alert.
The Partner and Participating countries of this project share knowledge, experiences, identification and standardisation of (technical) requirements related to the use of Cell Broadcast for civil alert.
This project is funded by the European Commission, Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security and initiated by the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands. The United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, Germany and Sweden are partners in the project.
From the position paper: 'Cell Broadcast as a tool for civil alert'
  • Cell Broadcast has the potential to be an additional tool in the current set of tools to alert citizens.
  • The main role of Cell Broadcast is to distribute an initial alert and instructions. Other tools, like radio/television or internet, could follow this.
  • It works via mobile phones, which the vast majority of citizens are carrying.
  • It has the ability to alert and instruct everyone in a country or smaller groups, based on their geographical location, within minutes.
  • Alternatives to Cell Broadcast do exist, however at present the supporting governments have not identified any that matches the capabilities of cell broadcast.
Purpose of the Position Paper is to describe the common position of the supporting governments towards the possible use of cell broadcast for civil alert applications. The paper aims to provide direction for the mobile telecommunications (standardisation) industry and the European Commission.

Statement from the CBF: 'The Cell Broadcast Forum strongly supports the Position Paper Cell Broadcast as a tool for civil alert.'

The complete Position Paper, including statements from the EU supporting countries is available for CBF members via email:
Delft, The Netherlands, August 2008
The Dutch Government has done a series of trials with Cell Broadcast as a media channel for communication to citizen, in case of emergency.
The actual trails were done in four different geographical locations in The Netherlands: Zoetermeer, Zeeland, Amsterdam and on Walcheren and Zuid Beverland. The evaluation of the trials has been done by the University of Delft. Active members of the CBF (SPMM, Backstream, Logica and One2Many) were instrumental in providing information, consultancy and the needed technology equipment. Three Dutch operators were involved in the trials: KPN, Telfort and Vodafone. The key question in this evaluation was whether Cell Broadcast is a useful addition to communication to citizen both with respect for efficiency and for effectively. To answer these question four research fields of interest were defined: reach, acceptance, technology and content.
The Dutch report has been completed by in August 2008 and delivered from the University of Delft to the Dutch Government.

The (Dutch language only) report is public and can be downloaded via the web link: Cell Broadcast Report.
Brussels, Belgium, February 10, 2009
EU project: Cell Broadcast for Public Warning
The 'Cell Broadcast for Public Warning - sharing knowledge and experiences and identification and standardisation of (technical) requirements' project will be carried out from 1 September 2008 until 31 December 2009. Cell Broadcast is a technology used for communicating with the general public in high-risk and crisis situations. After a successful tender the system will be implemented in the Netherlands in the period 2009 and going live in the beginning of 2010. An important part of the project concerns the sharing of Cell Broadcast knowledge with other (EU) countries to gain more in-depth knowledge on the subject. Another objective is to provide direction for the mobile (standardization) industry and the European Commission in order to offer our citizens a seamless Cell Broadcast service for warning and informing the public in times of crisis at both national and international level. As a subproject within this project, events will be organized together with 6 EU countries. These 6 countries (Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom and Sweden) are the countries which jointly submitted the Call for Proposals of the European Commission in May 2008 (Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and Other Security Related Risks programme) and are referred to as the 'partner countries'. The countries which participate in the events, but do not belong to this group of 6 organizing countries are referred to as 'participating countries' (for instance, Belgium, France, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Austria).

Barcelona, Spain, March 26, 2009
Cell Broadcast trial in Barcelona
For the CB Forum members it might be of interest that active CBF members and participants in the EU Chorist project SPMM and One2Many have made considerable contributions to the success of the proof of concept, via the Cell Broadcast communication channel. For this communication channel they have cooperated intensively with the Vodafone research centre in Madrid. The EU project CHORIST for public warning has recently given a proof of concept demonstration and presentation at the Catalonia Civil Protection Centre in Barcelona to a broad audience of selected European authorities. An integral part of the Chorist system is the Communication to Citizen application, called the Chorist Warning System (CHOR-WARN). This CHOR-WARN system is an integrated and scalable communication tool allowing authorities to deliver early warning messages to the maximum number of citizen in a given area in the minimum of time. The CHOR-WARN system essentially facilitates the design of warning messages and the selection of the area where to broadcast them. Warning messages are then automatically broadcasted in parallel to citizen through several channels of communication. One of the four channels of communication used was the active use of Mobile Cell Broadcast, via the Vodafone network in Barcelona. Vodafone has activated and implemented the Vodafone network to be used for Cell Broadcast specifically for this purpose. The total Chorist project consists of 17 different organisations, managed by the French organisation EADS in Paris. The EU Chorist project demonstrates that the distribution of warning messages is possible on mobile phones, on digital radio sets, on digital televisions and on sirens, but other means such as fixed phones, satellites or road signs could be provided for. Only large natural or industrial disasters (e.g. tsunami, cyclone, chemical plant explosion are addressed, but it could fit to any other event e.g. terrorism attack. More information about this interesting EU project can be found on the Chorist research website:
March 26, 2009
Cell Broadcast trial in Barcelona
March 25, 2009
Position Paper Cell Broadcast as a tool for civil alert
February 10, 2009
EU project: Cell Broadcast for Public Warning
August 2008
The Dutch Government has done a series of trials with Cell Broadcast as a media channel for communication to citizen, in case of emergency.