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…
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.
“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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) have joined the new AWARN Advisory Committee to provide technical and operational input to the AWARN Alliance.
KBS will usher in an era of ultra-high-definition quality terrestrial broadcasting starting in May. The use of domestically developed new devices and technology has attracted keen international attention.
Members of Congress heard all about AWARN’s benefits during the U.S. House Communications and Technology Subcommittee’s May 17 hearing on emergency alerting. NAB CTO Sam Matheny testified on behalf of the industry, and his compelling demonstration of AWARN’s capabilities during the hearing was well received.
In comments filed May 9 with the Federal Communications Commission in response to the FCC’s Next Gen TV Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the AWARN Alliance “urges the Commission to adopt the proposed rules to allow the permissive use of the Next Generation broadcast television transmission standard and hasten the day when the American public can take full advantage of AWARN’s many benefits.”
Marking its one-year anniversary, the AWARN Alliance will demonstrate what could become the future of emergency alerting in the United States and other countries at the NAB 2017 Show in Las Vegas next week.
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.
“The AWARN Alliance applauds Chairman Pai and the Commission for releasing the text of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for voluntary ATSC 3.0 transmission.”