International Journal of Computer Science and Management Research (IJCSMR)
Cellular text messaging services are increasingly rapidly in day-to-day life to disseminate critical information during emergencies. Most widely, a wide range of organizations including colleges and universities are now partner with third-party providers that promise to improve physical security by rapidly delivering such messages. Unfortunately, these products do not work as advertised due to limitations of cellular infrastructure and therefore provide a false sense of security to their users. In this paper, the authors perform the first extensive investigation and characterization of the limitations of an Emergency Alert System (EAS) using text messages as a security incident response mechanism.