UK Foreign Office Testing Emergency SMS Service

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is undertaking trials for text messages service in collaboration with mobile operator firm, Vodafone.

The FCO of the United Kingdom is currently trialling the free emergency text service for British nationals travelling outside the country to make them aware of any crisis situation in foreign countries.

The messages loaded with cautionary advice to the travellers will be sent to mobile phones running directly on Vodafone or any other service in association with the company. The project has been under the pipeline for last one year and is currently being tested by the authorities.

"We will soon have the ability to send text messages to all affected British nationals registered on our crisis database. As well as this we're also exploring delivering important information through a range of mobile and online tools." Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister stated.

Browne also added that the current crisis situations in countries like Japan and Egypt have prompted them to take care of their nationals anywhere in the world and offer them as much necessary advice and support as possible in shortest span of time.

Details of the project have been made available by the ministry on their website along with social networking websites, Twitter and Facebook.