What is AWARN?

AWARN, utilizing ATSC 3.0 Advanced Emergency Alerting, represents a major upgrade to America’s emergency communication system. AWARN uses next-generation terrestrial broadcasting to delviver rich-media, geo-targeted public alerts. AWARN wakes up devices, delivering alerts even when the cellular network is jammed or the power grid is down.

Advanced Emergency Alerts to be Unveiled at NAB Show 2017

Marking its one-year anniversary, the AWARN Alliance will demonstrate what could become the future of emergency alerting in the United States and other countries at the NAB 2017 Show in Las Vegas next week.

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Key AWARN Resource: Social Science Research from the National Academies of Sciences

By John M. Lawson, AWARN Alliance Executive Director Creating advanced alerting is not just about engineering and bandwidth. It’s also about social science. Ultimately, the most elegant technology is only effective if people understand and respond to messages and take…

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AWARN Presents at APCO Emerging Tech Forum

The Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO), held its Emerging Technology Forum in Raleigh NC, on February 28 – March 1, 2017. AWARN Alliance members, Pete Sockett of Capitol Broadcasting Company, Fred Engel and Adam Woodlief of UNC–TV, presented. Their presentation concentrated on ATSC 3.0 and AWARN’s Public and Public Safety facing capabilities.

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Ex Parte Notice Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard

On March 6, 2017, the undersigned hosted members of the Commission’s Media Bureau at the ONE Media offices in Arlington, Virginia to demonstrate the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) and other capabilities of the proposed ATSC 3.0, Next Generation (“Next Gen”), broadcast transmission standard. The pending rulemaking proceeding to approve use of the new standard was discussed as well.

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Joint Petition for Rulemaking

This petition asks the Federal Communications Commission to amend its rules to allow broadcasters to use the signaling portion of the physical layer of the new ATSC 3.0 (“Next Generation TV”) broadcast standard, while they continue to deliver current generation DTV broadcast service to their communities.

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AWARN Alliance Comments on Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts

AWARN presents a rare opportunity to dramatically improve America’s public safety communications capability. AWARN can provide this public benefit by dual-use of the backbone of the nation’s existing television broadcasting transmission capacity and the new technology of ATSC 3.0.

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