Push technology that notifies people of coming bad weather was brought to market today.
The article in the link above and the one that it links to doesn’t specify whether this is being done via the internet platform or the cellular platform - currently, all smart phones utilize both. Laptops, tablets, and PCs solely use the internet platform.
If it is via the internet, that’s where the future is going to go, and it won’t be just on smart phones but every device and object that can and will connect to the internet platform - so you’ll get alerts and other PSAs pushed to your internet-wired car, tablet, TV, radio, even your home or corporate building which would then sound an alarm, all via the internet. If you were on a social network, or surfing the web, it might pop up on your screen to let you know.
If the National Weather Service (and other organizations that start to offer the same) focus solely on smart phones, or solely on the cellular platform, they’ll likely need to adjust the effort to make it internet platform based in the not to far ahead future.
It’d be wise to just circumvent and make it via the internet but it is likely a more direct path via cellular (text) as not every consumer has internet-based texting but a lot have cellular. I wonder if it’s possible that those who are not signed up to receive text functionality via cellular platform can also get the alerts, as those who are. Regardless it would seem likely that this could be solved by making it send the notification to your email on your smart phone.
Either way, very cool that people are thinking this way. This is one of the cool elements of the platform (the internet) and why in part it was created and is here.
Side note: I did R&D to contemplate creating a push technology, internet platform-based emergency broadcast system for the internet in 2010, but decided to make a media company instead, 9’s latest project.