AWARE Forum is on hiatus

On July 8, 2013, in General, by with SRA International

Regular readers of AWARE have probably noticed the site has not been updated as frequently in recent weeks. The truth is we’ve stretched ourselves thin in keeping the site fresh and at the same time determining where we can take AWARE going forward so that it continues to be a source of news and insights for you. So while we regroup on the future of AWARE, we are going to take a hiatus from posting new content on the site.

We will still be active on Twitter (@AWAREforum), and you can always get in touch with us via the Contact page.

Our founding purpose with this site back in 2010 was to produce thought-provoking articles and share insights on important news stories regarding alerts and warnings for the public safety community. We are proud of the resource that this site has become for you, particularly during such a critical time for alerts and warnings, with the first national test of EAS and the rollout of CMAS/WEA. We look forward to continuing to be a source of news and analysis.

- The AWARE Team


Major US wireless carriers will deploy text-to-9-1-1 in 2014

On December 12, 2012, in General, by with SRA International

As seen in the most recent National Emergency Number Association (NENA) newsletter, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have announced that they will deploy capabilities for individuals to send text messages to 9-1-1 call centers beginning in 2014. The plan was agreed to by the four major carriers, NENA-The 9-1-1 Association and APCO, and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO).

Video coverage from Headline News below:

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Vermont continues expansion of Text-to-911

On December 5, 2012, in General, by with SRA International

Image from WCAX

This week the State of Vermont and Sprint Wireless began a four-month trial allowing customers to send text messages 9-1-1. This follows a six-month pilot the State conducted with Verizon Wireless, during which citizens only used the text-to-9-1-1 system twice. Trials in North Carolina and Tennessee have also taken place recently. Continue reading »

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FirstNet 101

On November 26, 2012, in General, by with SRA International

This is the first in an occasional series of updates on the National Public Safety Broadband Network. 

Broadband is a big issue for our readers–especially where it  intersects with alerts and warnings. You have probably read one of the more popular examples of how first responders will be able to use broadband, by allowing them to send and receive video and data. However, it is also being recommended that the FCC begin exploring next generation alerting systems, where alerts are delivered via broadband. These alerts could include video and the capability to reach those communities now underserved, such as persons with disabilities and non-English speakers. We at AWARE thought it was time to take a closer look at the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), beginning with some background information. Continue reading »

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The independent board set up to lead the build-out of a nationwide public safety broadband network has begun the challenging work of designing a blueprint for this endeavor. As reported by Homeland Security Today, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is already encountering the multitude of coordination challenges facing this project, coming off its inaugural board meeting on September 25. Continue reading »

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