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Calgary Transit eyes text-based security messaging

Text messages could be the latest warning system when it comes to security breaches at Calgary Transit stations.

Text messages could be the latest warning system when it comes to security breaches at Calgary Transit stations.

An audit report of transit revealed Thursday afternoon suggested text messaging would be an innovative way to alert the public.

Fred Wong, with Calgary Transit, said they would “absolutely” consider it.

“It’s been raised before,” Wong said. “One of the things you want to ensure for your customers is reliability.”

However, he said “technology is improving rapidly” and it would be a good public warning system — if it worked.

Brian Whitelaw, Calgary Transit’s co-ordinator of public safety and enforcement, said, “It’s very important that if you provide that as a service you’ve got a fail-safe (way to administer it).”

The University of Calgary implemented a similar text-based message security system last year that would alert students to potential security threats on campus.


 
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