A new “terror alert” smartphone app, developed by the French government with the intent of warning soccer fans of potential terror threats during the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, has been launched. The program comes at a timely moment, following threats made by the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.
IB Times The app – named SAIP (Population Alert and Information System) – works by flashing a warning on a user’s mobile phone screen. It will be available in French and English and is due for release just before the first fixture of the tournament on Friday (10 June). A statement, made by the interior ministry, said the app will alert geo-located users “in case of a suspected attack.”
France says that the app was developed after the ISIS terror attacks in Paris on November 2015, which claimed the lives of 130 people. The app will provide users with information on eight “geographical zones”, including areas within a city, along with their current location. An alert will contain a brief description of what has happened in that area recently and will offer safety advice accordingly.