Thursday, October 14, 2010

ATIS Develops LTE Mobile Alert System

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) has completed a standard (ATIS-0700010) which enables the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) to be broadcast over LTE networks. When fully implemented, this will allow LTE-enabled devices to receive CMAS alerts during emergencies or natural disasters.

ATIS, which has led CMAS standards development, said the new LTE spec will benefit end users by allowing wider proliferation of CMAS' 90 character text message emergency alerts and warnings of imminent threats to life and property, Amber Alerts, and Presidential emergency messages. This standard also complements and coexists with other ATIS CMAS standards, such as those jointly developed between ATIS and TIA.

"This Commercial Mobile Alert System work builds upon ATIS' previously developed standards, and will eventually provide a vital service to hundreds of millions of wireless users," said Susan Miller, ATIS' President and CEO. "It ensures that as next-generation networks -- such as LTE -- are deployed, wireless users will continue to receive critical public-safety communications."

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