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New ATIS Standards Advance Geo-Targeting Capabilities of the Wireless Emergency Alerts System

New ATIS Standards Advance Geo-Targeting Capabilities of the Wireless Emergency Alerts System

WASHINGTON, DC  — ATIS today announced completion of four key deliverables in support of setting version 3.0 of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system into action by November 30, 2019. Among other enhancements, WEA 3.0 will deliver potentially life-saving messages in a more precise geographic range. The goal is to target at-risk populations while minimizing disruption to others outside of the target alert area. WEA 3.0 also requires preservation of alerts for at least 24 hours after the message is received on the mobile device or until deleted by the user.

The ATIS standards making these new abilities possible are for use by Commercial Mobile Service Providers, infrastructure vendors, device Operating System (OS) providers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and chipset manufacturers in developing the WEA 3.0 system. They are part of a continuum of ATIS standards that created the WEA system and are advancing its effectiveness.

“These standards were delivered on time to meet deadline-driven FCC requirements,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “As with many of the other WEA standards, ATIS members have introduced the necessary changes to the relevant 3GPP specifications for global adoption.”

While three of the new WEA deliverables are updates to existing WEA 2.0 standards, the geo-fencing standard, WEA 3.0: Device-Based Geo-Fencing (ATIS-0700041), is a new specification. It defines how geo-targeted WEA alert messages are delivered based upon the alert-originator-provided circle or polygon coverage of the target area.

ATIS also updated existing WEA specifications to address: 1) defining a set of requirements for the behavior of the mobile devices when a WEA alert message is received; 2) defining the interface between the Federal Alert Gateway and the Commercial Mobile Service Provider Gateway for WEA alerts; and 3) providing a Public Warning System Specification, describing the use of the Evolved Packet System Public Warning System for the delivery of WEA 3.0 messages. Access all ATIS WEA 3.0 standards in the ATIS document store.

Operational since 2012, WEA provides text-like alerts utilizing the Cell Broadcast System across three categories:  alerts issued by the President; alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life (fires, floods, hurricanes, etc.); as well as AMBER, Silver, and Blue Alerts. Learn more in the ATIS Insights blog.

About ATIS
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s business priorities. ATIS’ 150 member companies are currently working to address emergency services, 5G, robocall mitigation, Smart Cities, artificial intelligence-enabled networks, IoT, distributed ledger/blockchain technology, cybersecurity, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle – from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and interoperability testing.

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Marcella Wolfe, Manager – Public Relations and Marketing Communications, ATIS