IPAWS Explores Advanced EAS Options

Technology related to ATSC 3.0 may be feasible and address current alerting problems
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WASHINGTON� The Federal Emergency Management Agency'sIntegrated Public Alert and Warning System Division�announced that it is exploring the feasibility of an advanced emergency alert system.�

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�FEMA is committed to working with the private sector to examine and improve future alerts and warnings,� said Acting Assistant Administrator for National Continuity Programs Roger Stone in the announcement. �New systems could someday include pictures and video as part of the advanced alert and warning information provided to the general public.�

Additionally, the IPAWS release says the new technology would address the issue of multilingual emergency alerts.�

The Advanced Warning And Response Network, developed as part of the digital television broadcast system ATSC 3.0 standard, is among the new technologies being evaluated. According to FEMA, the�IPAWS Lab testing�at the Joint Interoperability Test Command in Indian Head, Md., will explore the feasibility and operational deployment of AWARN within the IPAWS suite of technologies in a secure environment.

AWARN senior adviser and President of Convergence Services Inc. John Lawson said initial FEMA testing with first-generation technology lays the groundwork for further testing of the advanced alerting system as the ATSC 3.0 standard process proceeds over the next year.�

Lawson also called broadcast Advanced Emergency Alerting �a major addition to FEMA�s �network of networks� for public safety communications,� according to a release.�

AWARN is supported by GatesAir, LG Electronics (and its U.S. R&D subsidiary Zenith), Digital Alert Systems, Monroe Electronics, Triveni Digital, NAB Labs, Capital Broadcasting, PBS, Convergence Services, among others.