Gov’t seeks to notify residents of impending blackouts via SMS, apps
Power outage in Egypt - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: Authorities say they will soon implement a system that notifies residents by phone prior to the start of a rolling blackout in their neighborhood.

“Egyptians will be alerted by telephone before a power outage occurs,” Hafez Salmawy, head of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EGYPTERA), told The Cairo Post Sunday.

Salmawy said that since Ramadan, EGYPTERA has already experimented with the system in different locales to notify people of the date and time of an outage.

“The service will be available free of charge starting from next week as part of a special map on Google Maps and will inform customers about the outage 15 minutes before it occurs,” Salmawy added.

This is in addition to EGYPTERA now offering the “Khod Balak” (Take Care) downloadable app that notifies users of when power usage reaches “dangerous levels” said Salmawy.

A future SMS subscription service that will also notify users of pending power outages is also in the works. The cost of the service has not yet been determined according to Salmawy.

Due to an ongoing fuel shortage crisis, rolling blackouts have become an almost daily occurrence throughout Egypt.

The Ministry of Electricity has planned a series of wind and solar plants to solve the problem in the long-term, with the ministry building wind plants on the Gulf of Suez and parts of the Nile River, Al-Mal reported in July.

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