Russian Emergency Ministry to launch a social network for $6.2 million
The new social network users will be able to assess the threat level and make all the information available to others. Source: Shutterstock
The Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI) announced plans to create a social network that allows users to share information about emergencies and contact rescuers online, reported Vedomosti newspaper in its September 23 issue.
According to the newspaper, the new social network users will be able to assess the threat level and make all the information available to others. At the same time, to provide a rapid response to emergency situations requiring intervention, all messages in the network will be monitored by security personnel.
According to the report, the site's address will be team112.ru. The project launch in test mode (for residents of Moscow) is planned for the summer of 2014. The FPI will provide 200 million rubles to develop the portal. To meet the demand, the institute of the Emergency Situations Ministry has set up a special laboratory with a staff of 30 people.
The social network team112.ru is one of the stages of the ministry's transition to a unified communications system that includes all emergency services. A law introducing one phone number for rescue services in Russia was adopted in February 2013.
According to this law, by 2017 the new 112 number should replace the old numbers. There have been four numbers for the different departments.