Amid growing security concerns over the start of Euro 2016, the government of France has launched a new smartphone application to alert users to possible terror attacks.
The application, which is free to download in both French and English, will send users a warning “in case of a suspected attack,” said the Interior Ministry, which has piloted and introduced the service.
It will also alert users — who must agree to be geolocated — about “unexpected events” such as the breaching of flood defences.
Alerts will appear on the app less than 15 minutes after the incident has been confirmed by authorities, and will be customised according to the user’s exact location.
Users will be able to sign up to receive alerts in up to eight different “geographical zones” in addition to their present location.
Alerts will offer a brief description of what has happened as well as advice on how to stay safe.
They will not cause the phone to vibrate or emit any sound in order to ensure that anyone hiding at the site of an attack does not alert the attackers, Metro News reported.
The government has stressed that users’ privacy will be protected.
Later versions of the app will also alert users to other types of emergencies beyond attacks, including floods and industrial accidents, officials said.
It is available to download for phones running both iOS and Android operating systems.