What is AWARN?

AWARN, utilizing ATSC 3.0 Advanced Emergency Alerting, represents a major upgrade to America’s emergency communication system. AWARN uses next-generation terrestrial broadcasting to deliver rich-media, geo-targeted public alerts. AWARN wakes up devices, delivering alerts even when the cellular network is jammed or the power grid is down.

Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate Joins AWARN Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, December 6, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has joined other public safety organizations in an advisory committee for the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN). Based on the Next Generation…

AWARN Alliance Hopes ‘Beta Solution’ Will Debut by Early 2019, Says Lawson

After last week’s 3-2 FCC vote authorizing voluntary deployment of ATSC 3.0 the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) Alliance is “finalizing our work plan for 2018, which includes a technical development component” for 3.0-capable emergency alerts, alliance Executive Director John Lawson told us. The goal is to have an AWARN “beta solution” in place by early 2019 so it can be available for stations that launch 3.0 broadcasts beginning in 2019, said Lawson.

Statement by John M. Lawson, Executive Director of the AWARN Alliance On the FCC’s Approval of the Voluntary Transmission of Next Generation Television November 16, 2017

“The Commission’s vote today lays the ground work for major improvements in America’s emergency alerting system. The Northern California wildfires, hurricane devastation in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the Las Vegas mass murders, the Houston floods, the Gatlinburg wildfires – these disasters provide more depressing examples that our current alerting systems are not adequate for protecting people and property.

CTA Joins AWARN Alliance to Boost Advanced Emergency Alerting

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2017 – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is joining broadcasters, technology companies, and public safety agencies to develop and deploy the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN), the world’s most advanced emergency alerting system, as part…

Ex Parte Notice Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard

On March 6, 2017, the undersigned hosted members of the Commission’s Media Bureau at the ONE Media offices in Arlington, Virginia to demonstrate the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) and other capabilities of the proposed ATSC 3.0, Next Generation (“Next Gen”), broadcast transmission standard. The pending rulemaking proceeding to approve use of the new standard was discussed as well.

Joint Petition for Rulemaking

This petition asks the Federal Communications Commission to amend its rules to allow broadcasters to use the signaling portion of the physical layer of the new ATSC 3.0 (“Next Generation TV”) broadcast standard, while they continue to deliver current generation DTV broadcast service to their communities.

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