Targeted Alerts on FM Radio

On December 6, 2012, in Emergency Alert System, Future Alerting, by with SRA International

Could FM broadcasters someday soon be able to send geo-targeted emergency alerts to their audience? A recent series of articles in Radio World Magazine highlight a new, experimental technology called ZoneCasting, which allows FM broadcast stations to geo-target program content to specific zones in their coverage areas. While designed to target advertising, purveyors of the system point out that it can be used to target emergency alerts as well.

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DHS Announces CMAS Research Funding Opportunity

On April 25, 2012, in CMAS & Mobile Alerts, News, by with SRA International

As reported on FirstResponder.gov yesterday, research and development funding for the Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS) is  available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).  According to the article (quoted below), there are three main research areas in which S&T is interested: public response to alerts and warnings, ensuring access for diverse populations, and geo-targeting. Continue reading »

As the Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS) prepares for its initial rollout in April 2012, AWARE is taking a closer look at this new system – and what it can learn from an existing technology, the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  Both of these systems are based on alert originators sending alerts to voluntary disseminators (broadcasters and cable operators in the case of EAS, and wireless carriers in the case of CMAS) and on for delivery to the public on personal devices.  While CMAS is just getting started, there are some existing EAS features which might prove useful for CMAS as its deployment progresses.

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During the month of September, AWARE will be hosting a series of posts from guest authors highlighting the five most significant innovations in the field of alerts and warnings in the past decade since 9/11. This post is the final of three on the CMAS Users Trial conducted in San Diego, authored by Stephen Rea, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator of the County of San Diego (California) Office of Emergency Services. 

As part of a coordinated effort with Sprint and the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA), The County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) had a unique opportunity to become the first in the nation to test the Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS, also known as the Personalized Local Alerting Network, or PLAN) on a large scale. During the October 2010 trial, over 50 imminent threat and AMBER alerts were generated. These alerts were received by 120 mobile phones preloaded with CMAS software. Our intent was to put PLAN through its paces by simulating large and small disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to hazardous materials spills. Continue reading »

During the month of September, AWARE will be hosting a series of posts from guest authors highlighting the five most significant innovations in the field of alerts and warnings in the past decade since 9/11. This post is the second of three on the CMAS Users Trial conducted in San Diego, authored by Stephen Rea, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator of the County of San Diego (California) Office of Emergency Services. 

As part of a coordinated effort with Sprint and the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA), The County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) had a unique opportunity to become the first in the nation to test the Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS, also known as the Personalized Local Alerting Network, or PLAN) on a large scale. During the October 2010 trial, over 50 imminent threat and AMBER alerts were generated. These alerts were received by 120 mobile phones preloaded with CMAS software. Our intent was to put PLAN through its paces by simulating large and small disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to hazardous materials spills. Continue reading »