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The Evolution of Alerting

A new “age” of alerting is coming.  It will help address questions about how we make sure people are alerted regardless of who they area, where they are and what they’re doing.

We believe there have been three ages in the evolution of alerting:

Broadcast/Siren Age
Channel vs Channel Age
System of Systems Age

(See Evolution of Alerting infographic here.)

The […]


Study Shows Links Between WEA and Broadcast Media

A study for the DHS shows how Wireless Emergency Alerts and broadcasts work together.
The connections between radio/television and cellphone alerts were illustrated in a recently published study on Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The study confirmed that WEA messages often send the public to check radio and TV for more information on an emergency.
50% of the […]


New Emergency Alerting Channels Have Proliferated But Challenges Remain

What about alerting standards, legacy alerting and risks?
Never before have there been so many options for alerting the public. In the last few months alone potential for new alerting channels has been unleashed for complementing an already growing array of channels. Names like Google, Twitter, Facebook and the Weather Channel have entered the alerting field. […]


Wireless Emergency Alert Messages Need to Be Longer, Says DHS Report

Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages need to be longer, the content needs to be rearranged and more education needs to be conducted.
These are some of the high-level findings of research for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.  […]


What Happened in Emergency Alerting in 2014? A Look Back

2014: A Year of Extraordinary Alert Developments
This time last year, we expressed excitement about what we thought 2014 would bring to emergency alerts and notifications. In our 2013 year-end blog post, we said there were important things that have been developing for years that could develop in 2014 into meaningful alerting tools. By golly, I […]


Is the National Emergency Alert System Vulnerable?

The National Emergency Alert System Has Complex Vulnerability Issues.
In comments to the FCC, broadcasters say addressing the fake EAS alert hurt and fixing the problem is complex.  The potential for mischief with the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is substantial, says the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The NAB was responding to a request by the FCC […]