MELBOURNE, Australia – State police in the Australian city of Melbourne tested on Tuesday the sirens of a new incident alert system.
Consisting of 190 speakers distributed at 95 locations across Melbourne, the system is designed to notify people in case of emergency incidents such as terrorism, a Victoria Police statement said on Monday.
Pedestrians on Tuesday walked past the inconspicuous speakers installed on power poles in the downtown area.
The Central Business District Public Address System “is a new option that is available to Victoria Police to alert the community about important safety information during a range of emergencies,” the statement said.
Tuesday’s test was scheduled to happen on 130 speakers at 65 sites in the metropolis and would run for five minutes.
Other than a car ramming incident in 2017 that injured several people, Melbourne has experienced no serious terror attacks, unlike Sydney, where in 2014 three people died in a violent hostage incident involving a “lone wolf” attacker who identified with the Islamic State.