Public TV Executive Cites ATSC for Public Safety
Friday, May 25, 2018 | Comments

Public television is ready to embrace the next-generation Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) 3 broadcast standard and is experimenting with new service and business opportunities the new standard makes possible.

America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) President and CEO Patrick Butler said public TV stations see advances in distance learning, emergency communications and civic leadership among the features of ATSC 3.

Butler cited pilot programs already underway to exploit the standard’s enhancements in interactivity, mobility and spectral efficiency. WKAR-TV, licensed to Michigan State University, is establishing an experimental facility to test ATSC 3 applications in distance learning and health, remote control irrigation of farms, local news, emergency preparedness and connected vehicles.

Arizona PBS, licensed to Arizona State University, is among the stations participating in the Phoenix Model Market Project to demonstrate an effective local transition from the current ATSC 1 standard to ATSC 3, and to show how the new standard’s interactivity will enhance public television’s education and public-safety missions.

UNC-TV, licensed to the University of North Carolina, broadcasted the first successful emergency announcement from a 9-1-1 dispatch center using ATSC 3 technology May 17.

Additional public-safety programs are being conducted by public TV stations in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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