4 Carriers Deploy Wireless Emergency Alerting from Interop Technologies
Thursday, August 31, 2017 | Comments

GCI in Alaska, MobileNation in Illinois, Nemont in North Dakota and PTCI in Oklahoma deployed wireless emergency alerting (WEA) technology from Interop Technologies. As a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-certified gateway host, Interop's eWEA solution supports operators on various 3G and 4G networks.

"We are truly alleviating the time and cost it would take to deploy and maintain an on-network WEA solution," said John Bickford, senior vice president-Americas at Interop Technologies. "The resources and flexibility we provide operators allow them to advance their systems and keep current with the latest public-safety improvements."

Last September, the FCC approved a notice of proposed rulemaking to improve the existing WEA system. WEA compliance has been widely adopted among mobile operators to increase the safety of their subscribers.

The WEA enhancements outlined by the FCC include:
• Increase the maximum length of WEA messages from 90 to 360 characters for 4G and future networks
• Require participating wireless providers to support inclusion of embedded phone numbers and URLs in all WEA alerts
• Require participating wireless providers to deliver the alerts to more specifically targeted geographic areas to avoid "over-alerting"
• Create a new class of alerts — public safety messages — to convey essential, recommended actions that can save lives or property
• Require participating wireless providers to support transmission of Spanish-language alerts
• Make it easier for state and local authorities to test WEA, train personnel and raise public awareness about the service.

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