Almost a year has passed since the roll-out of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA, previously known as the Commercial Mobile Alert Service, or CMAS). In this time, public safety officials (primarily the National Weather Service) have sent about 3,000 WEA messages to mobile devices. News stories on this new capability are becoming more commonplace, and more WEA-capable mobile devices are coming online. You may have even received a WEA message on your device by now.

Unfortunately, some message recipients have responded to these messages by looking for a way to turn them off—presumably because they do not perceive the alerts to be relevant to them or their local area. They then take to their phone looking for the settings menu where they can opt out of the alerts.
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Alerts Confirmed on Apple iOS 6 Devices

On September 24, 2012, in CMAS & Mobile Alerts, by with SRA International

We’ve been speculating for months (here, here, and here) about whether the new Apple mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be capable of receiving Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS) messages, also known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Well, as our friends at the Alerts and Notifications blog wrote this weekend, iPhone 5s and other iPhones that upgrade to the new OS will receive these messages.

Well, some will receive them, at least. Continue reading »

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(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET)

As we reported on last week, Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 6, is set to be released with the new iPhone 5 in the coming weeks, and as an update to existing iOS devices at the end of this week. We are still looking for information on whether iOS 6 will make the iPhone capable of receiving Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS) messages. But if the devices will be able to receive these messages (also known as Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA), a new “Do Not Disturb” feature may keep them from displaying the alert.  Continue reading »

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As you may have seen, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5 this week. Along with it, Apple device owners will also see an updated mobile operating system, iOS 6, which, among many new feature additions, has been rumored to be capable of receiving Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS) messages, also known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The new operating system will also come as an update to iPhone versions 4 and 4S. So if the new iOS is CMAS capable, this could mean millions of new devices in the U.S. that can receive these emergency alerts. Continue reading »

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The rumor mill is in full swing: a new iPhone will either be announced, launched, or both on September 12th.  Our understanding at AWARE is that the next iPhone/iOS will be CMAS capable.  We will have to wait until the model is launched to confirm, but all indications are that this will translate into a significant new population with CMAS-capable phones.

Aside from CMAS capability, here is my wish list of alerts and warnings-related features for next iPhone – assuming any relevant policy or regulatory issues could be painlessly overcome. Continue reading »

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