12.07.2009 03:00 PM
FEMA and FCC Adopt Mobile Wireless EAS Standards
WASHINGTON: Two federal agencies
have established a mobile communications emergency public warning technology
standard. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal
Communications Commission announced the adoption of design specifications for a
gateway interface enabling wireless carriers to provide emergency alerts via
cell phones and mobile devices.
The intended Commercial Mobile Alert System--CMAS--project, part of the
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, intends to provide the President of
the United States a means by which to notify Americans of national emergencies.
The system would also be available for Amber alerts and regional warnings in
the form of 90-character text messages.
Today’s announcement also marks the beginning of the 28-month period, mandated
by the FCC in August 2008, for commercial mobile service providers who have
elected to participate in the CMAS design specs to develop, test and deploy the
system and deliver mobile alerts to the public by 2012. Wireless carriers participating
in the CMAS will relay authorized text-based alerts to subscribers, and
vibration-cadence and/or audio signals for people with disabilities.