Civil Emergency Alert Services Association (CEASA) Announces Initiative To Launch Commercial Mobile Information Services (CMIS)

Program Will Provide Post-Event Recovery Information During the 2014 Hurricane Season

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ORLANDO, Fla., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Civil Emergency Alert Services Association (CEASA) announced today that they will support the launch of a Commercial Mobile Information Services (CMIS) beta trial during the 2014 hurricane season. CMIS will use cell broadcast geo-targeting technology, which can send text messages to all smart devices and cell phones in specific locations.

The devastating and extended impact of Hurricane Sandy, as well as the likelihood of increased ‘superstorm’ activity in the Gulf and Mid-Atlantic states, has also raised interest by power companies and other utility providers for an ‘at-hand’ solution for improving customer relations during power outages.

Cell broadcast technology is currently used for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) including National Weather Service (NWS) warnings and AMBER Alerts. It is supported by the FCC, FEMA, and the nation’s wireless carriers, but is currently limited to use by government agencies. The CMIS trial will allow access by FEMA-approved Collaborative Operating Groups (COG) for public safety-related announcements.

CEASA Group has secured use of the gateway middleware necessary to enable an end-to-end pilot solution by June 1, 2014.  The operational system is modeled after the successful trial of Cell Broadcast Short Messaging Services (CBSMS) conducted by the state of Florida in 2008. While it does not require additional technology or infrastructure investments, the trial will require FEMA to allow the mobile operators in federally-declared disaster locations the option to broadcast public safety advisory messages over the WEA alert and warning ‘channel’ for the duration of the beta pilot.  A detailed cost-benefit analysis will be conducted at the conclusion of the pilot to determine if the feature can produce commercially-sustained and ongoing revenue.

In a conference call with industry partners this morning, CEASA Executive Director D. D. Weiser said, “Our decade-long advocacy in the 2000′s led the FCC and FEMA to embrace cell broadcasting as an unparalleled technology to communicate with the public during emergencies. Today, with the infrastructure already in place and saving lives across the country, we are encouraging the nation’s wireless carriers to consider expanding the use of their resident cell broadcast functionality.”


CEASA is a global organization of emergency management and telecommunications professionals dedicated to the adaptation of emerging technologies for humanitarian applications. The organization, based in the United Kingdom, is recognized by the United Nations as an accredited Civil Information Society (CIS) and is supported by a network of chapters worldwide.

Additional information about the CMIS beta pilot and cell broadcast technology can be found at the organization’s website:

SOURCE Civil Emergency Alert Services Association

eVigilo SMART Broadcast Saved Lives of Millions During Chilean Earthquake April 1st 2014

eVigilo, an Israeli company that develops population warning systems to many countries around the world, announced another achievement in its Chilean deployment, where millions of people in Chile’s coast-line have received Tsunami warnings and evacuated successfully from their homes.

eVigilo SMART for Governments disseminates the information across fix & mobile networks, radio, TV, sirens, billboards and Internet

Chilean Alert Project

We feel immense satisfaction to have contributed saving the lives of millions of people.

Santiago, Chile (PRWEB) April 07, 2014

April 1st, 2014 a 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit Chile, causing rise in sea level and Tsunami waves threatening the coast. Lives of millions were in danger.

Thanks to eVigilo SMART Broadcast, Chile’s emergency authority ONEMI has managed to send geo-targeted alerts and evacuation notices to millions of people within seconds.

eVigilo SMART solution sends the emergency broadcasts via a number of channels, including: Mobile phones (cell broadcast), Internet (push messages), emails, TV , radio, sirens, social networks and digital signs.

Chile’s president Michelle Bachelet has said in official statement: “The messages were sent on time”.

Following the 2010 earthquake that took the lives of more than 560 people, ONEMI has decided to deploy eVigilo SMART Broadcast, a fact that helped to reduce the death toll in the 2014 earthquake to 5.

eVigilo SMART Broadcast is core component of Chile’s “Alerta Temprana” project.

The main objective of eVigilo SMART Broadcast is to deliver geo-targeted cell broadcast messages within seconds to millions of people.

Ricardo Toro, head of Chile’s emergency authority has said: “This project allows the people to receive a message in a timely manner when they are in an affected area.”

eVigilo SMART Broadcast is the only cell broadcast system worldwide that warns millions of people in less than 20 seconds, thus notifies the population in case of earthquakes, Tsunamis and other imminent threats in timely manner.

eVigilo CEO Guy Weiss concluded: “ We feel immense satisfaction to have contributed saving the lives of millions of people”.


eVigilo SMART (Scalable Messaging Application in Real-Time) is a modularized multi-channel alert and notification platform for alerting the population and closed groups across fix & mobile networks, TV, radio, sirens and Internet. Given its modularized architecture, SMART can be tailored according to the requirements of the specific customer. Customers can select different setups and functionalities subject to communication channel availability and sizing. SMART is available on various levels such as SMART for Governments, SMART for Municipalities and SMART for Enterprises.

About eVigilo

eVigilo is a pioneer in the field of multi-channel alert and notification systems. eVigilo’s population alert systems have been deployed worldwide delivering messages through a wide range of channels on national and regional scale. eVigilo is the only vendor worldwide whose national population alert solutions have been deployed by multiple countries around the globe. eVigilo is selected vendor of many governments, homeland security and rescue forces, municipalities, industry and public utilities.

For more information, please visit at: Telephone: +1 415 992 7068

email: info(at)evigilo(dot)net


Sistema de Alerta de Emergencias

Sistema de Alerta de Emergencias

El Sistema de Alerta de Emergencias (SAE), es un sistema impulsado por el Gobierno de Chile cuya finalidad es advertir a los usuarios acerca de situaciones de emergencia que afecten a una comunidad. El aviso es enviado por la Oficina Nacional de Emergencias (ONEMI) a través de un mensaje especialmente diseñado para ser recibido por teléfonos móviles compatibles.

El sistema de alertas funciona de la siguiente forma:


Revisa los manuales de implementación

  • Los equipos disponibles que soportan el servicio SAE deben cumplir con algunas características técnicas, tales como: el despliegue automático de la notificación del mensaje de alerta en la pantalla, una notificación sonora y vibración.
  • Los equipos Apple no son compatibles con este servicio, por lo tanto no podrás descargar el manual.

Más información sobre SAE

SAE es un sistema impulsado por el Gobierno de Chile cuya finalidad es advertir a los usuarios acerca de situaciones de emergencia que afecten a una comunidad. El aviso es enviado por la Oficina Nacional de Emergencias (ONEMI) a través de un mensaje especialmente diseñado para ser recibido por teléfonos móviles compatibles.

Esta alerta solo puede ser recibida en los equipos que cumplan con los requisitos técnicos definidos por la Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL), de acuerdo a la Resolución Exenta N°3.261 de 2012 y sus posteriores modificaciones.

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Population Alert

Our patented technology makes UMS the world’s leading supplier of population alert system which delivers alerts via SMS, voice and other means of communication.

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What is UMS Population Alert System or PAS?

When terrorism, major events, natural or man-made disasters occur, the population is extremely exposed and vulnerable. In such situations, sending notifications to the population and getting information from them is of utmost importance to prevent lives being lost. Through targeted and informative warning messages, people have the opportunity to take their own precautions and measures to protect themselves and their relatives before, during and after the emergency situations.

UMS Population Alert system is designed to alert and communicate with residents, visitors and businesses in the affected area. The solution is an integrated system which takes into account all aspects of practical uses.

UMS Population Alert is based on modern day telecommunication: alerts are sent via both fixed and mobile telephone networks that can reach all households, businesses and visitors in a given geographical area.

The solution divides the alerts into two main areas:

1. Address Based alerts: Identifies and alerts all fixed and mobile telephones linked to addresses in a given geographical area.

2. Location based alerts: Identifies and alerts all mobile phones, including those of visitors and foreigners, in a given geographical area.

PAS provides detailed information on the affected area, for example the number of people who are in the area and their nationality. Emergency response centers can estimate and manage their own personnel on the basis of this information.

PAS monitors the response from recipients and presents a technical status in real time.

PAS is scalable and can be used for critical and non-critical events in both rural and urban areas. The solution is dynamic and has a rich set of features that makes it possible to customize alerts for different types of situations.

PAS is a secure solution that provides the highest level of uptime and reliability with extended authorization mechanisms to prevent unauthorized use and access to the system. UMS also has a patented technology that prevents network overload, in both the cellular and fixed line networks.

PAS can also be shared between the various collaborators involved in an emergency situation.

Areas of use:

• Information / Notification to the whole or a part of population BEFORE a disaster
• Information / Notification to the whole or a part of population DURING a disaster
• Information / Notification to the whole all or a part of population AFTER a disaster
• Evacuation of the whole or a part of population

What makes UMS the best provider of warning and alert systems?

• Patented technology
• Expertise in location-based alerts
• Notification and information has been our prime focus since 1997
• Provides supplies to all industries
• Full range supplier
• Knowledge
• 24/7 support
• Quality
• Service
• Technology

Our mission is to ensure that the population and the necessary personnel are notified as soon as possible in emergency situations. We believe that early warnings can save lives.

UMS – Leading provider of warning systems.

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Mobilen rummer et skjult varslingssystem

Norsk It-firma tilbyder ny type massealarmeringer via mobiltelefoner. Systemet bliver allerede brugt af de norske myndigheder.

Når sirenerne pludselig lyder fra skoletage og tårne, skal alle mennesker gå inden døre og tænde for radioen.

Lydsignalet kan betyde, at miljøkatastrofer er under opsejling, at væltede tankbiler lækker giftige substanser, at industrivirksomheder taber kontrollen over udslip af gas eller radioaktive stoffer. Eller det kan betyde truende terrorangreb.

Det er lektien, vi lærte som børn, og som i dag kan repeteres i maj måned, når Beredskabsstyrelsen tester sit landsdækkende net af sirener. Egentlige bombeangreb, som var aktuelle, da netværket blev konstrueret, er ikke sandsynlige mere.

Men ikke alle mennesker er i nærheden af deres hjem, hvis ulykkerne er ude, og ikke alle har adgang til en radio.

Derimod har de allerfleste mennesker i dag en mobiltelefon. Det var utænkeligt, da nettet af sirener blev opbygget.

Skjulte kanaler på mobilen

Mobiltelefoner rummer kommunikationskanaler, som ingen bruger i dag, selv om de er udtænkt for længe siden af mobiltelefoniens fædre. For eksempel CB (Cell Broadcast), som Ingeniøren ved flere lejligheder har skrevet om.

Et norsk firma ved navn UMS (Unified Messaging Systems A/S) tilbyder nu et nationalt varslingssystem til danske myndigheder, baseret på CB. Blandt andet politiet er ved at undersøge systemet.

I Norge har offentlige myndigheder som den norske Beredskabsstyrelse og brandvæsenet taget systemet til sig. Desuden har norsk Røde Kors fundet det nyttigt til at varsle om eftersøgte børn, laviner samt ski- og klatreulykker.

Røde Kors kan bruge systemet til at alarmere både landsdækkende eller i begrænsede geografiske områder .

I Sverige har systemet fundet vej til energisektoren, hvor firmaet Vattenfall bruger det i forbindelse med strømsvigt.

Firmanavnet UMS er måske en smule vildledende, da begrebet Unified Messaging her i landet kendes som it-pakkeløsninger, der samler telefonsvarerbeskeder, fax og mails.

Men det er da også denne type produkter, firmaet oprindeligt har beskæftiget sig med.

UMS har imidlertid oprettet kontor i København og har indgået samarbejde med den internationale netværksleverandør Equant, som skal sikre den nødvendige kommunikationsstruktur til et varslingssystem døgnet rundt.

CB kanalen fungerer trods sammenbrud

Det vil være naturligt med en vis skepsis over for ideen med at benytte de mobile netværk i katastrofesituationer. Erfaringer fra f.eks. eksplosionsulykken i Seest viser, at det mobile netværk bliver overbelastet i løbet af meget kort tid, når der sker store ulykker.

Men det havde mobiltelefoniens fædre tænkt på.

Cell Broadcast kanalen findes i en særlig servicekanal, som bruges til at styre de mobile netværk, og som er væsentlig mere robust end kanalerne til den almindelige samtaletrafik.

UMS har udviklet et system, som kombineres med GIS-kort. Og ved hjælp af disse vil myndigheder være i stand til at alarmere via mobiltelefoner i både små og meget store geografiske områder.

Og det kan ske i løbet af få minutter. Langt hurtigere end det gamle system, hvor folk først skal høre sirenerne, tage stilling til, om det er alvor eller øvelse, og derpå finde hen, hvor der er en radio.

UMS-systemet bygger dog ikke kun på mobilnetværk. Også de almindelige telefonnet kan inddrages, og her igennem kan tilsvarende tusinder af mennesker alarmeres ved indtalte, digitaliserede beskeder, der transmitteres til alle.

På den måde kan en hel befolkning gøres opmærksom, hvis det er nødvendigt. Op til 1000 husstande per minut er muligt.

System kan bruges i afgrænsede områder

I de mere begrænsede tilfælde, som for eksempel hvis et barn er blevet væk eller hvis det brænder, kan systemet alarmere i et afgrænset nabolag.

Og systemet er i stand til at registrere, hvem der ikke har taget telefonen og modtaget en eventuel livsvigtig besked.

Så kan de menneskelige ressourcer sættes ind de rette steder uden tidsspild.

I forening med GIS-systemet kan der indhentes vejr-informationer eller -prognoser for det pågældende område, og der kan fra systemets central oprettes konferenceopkald mellem grupper af personer.

Her skal man huske, at dette måske ikke kan lade sig gøre via mobilnettet i et regulært katastrofeområde, men i forbindelse med et forsvundet barn kan det være nyttigt.

Brugen af mobiltelefoner til alarmering kræver imidlertid, at telefonerne er indstillet til at modtage Cell Broadcast.

Og det er de fleste telefoner af en eller anden grund ikke fra fabrikken. Funktionen skal vælges fra en af telefonens menuer.

Men ifølge UMS kan CB-funktionen slås til fra centralerne, og så kan det pludselig bruges til noget.


Mobile phone alerts for major emergencies to be tested in Glasgow

A system of mobile phone alerts used to warn members of the public about major emergencies has been tested in Glasgow.

The city is the second location, from a total of three, in the UK to pilot messaging that would allow the public to be updated on natural disasters, terror attacks or large-scale accidents.

As part of a series of tests being carried out by the Cabinet Office, Glasgow City Council sent messages to O2 customers in a defined area in the city centre using location-based SMS technology.

Three messages were sent over several hours on Thursday afternoon. The message made clear the texts were part of a trial.

Annemarie O’Donnell, executive director of corporate services at Glasgow City Council, said: “The council has a legal duty to have systems in place to allow us to communicate with people in the city in the event of an emergency.

“We already have many different methods of communication, including the council’s Twitter feed, which has more than 35,000 followers.

“However, being able to send messages directly to mobile phones in a specific geographic area would be an added bonus and would allow us to communicate with large numbers of people, including those who may only be passing through the city.

“Ensuring that people receive timely, accurate information in the event of an emergency plays a crucial role in helping councils and the emergency services deal with an incident.”

Billy Darcy, public sector managing director at O2, said: “We believe mobile technology can play a vital and effective role in the simultaneous mass communication of emergency messages to the public, should the need ever arise.

“We look forward to assessing the results of the trial, once it is completed, and agreeing the next steps with the government.”

The pilot in Easingwold in North Yorkshire took place on September 18 and the third is planned for Wednesday November 20 in Leiston in Suffolk.

More than 50,000 people are expected to be involved across all three locations to assess how well the technology works and how the public reacts to it.


Public emergency alerts: mobile alerting trials

1. Background

During an emergency it is vital that emergency responders can contact members of the public in order to give them important, potentially life saving information.

While current arrangements such as use of sirens and deploying officers to the scenes of incidents are satisfactory for a range of emergency scenarios, improvements can be made. Most notably these improvements include the speed with which members of the public are notified and the way in which responders can contact people ‘on the move’.

In a world where mobile phone ownership continues to soar (92% of the UK public now own a mobile phone) and where demand for information ‘on the go’ is expected, advancements in technology must be considered when striving for improvements to public emergency alert systems. This is why the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) are working in partnership with the mobile industry and local responders to trial different approaches to mobile alerting that would target members of the public in an area impacted by an emergency, via their mobile device.

One very important part of this proposed capability is that it would NOT require the government or local responders (eg the police or your council) to know individual personal numbers. It would also NOT require people to sign up to receive messages. Instead, the idea is that if you are in an area where an emergency occurs then you will be sent a location based alert which will convey important protective action for you to take.

2. About the trials

3 trials will be run this autumn, working with 3 of the UK’s biggest mobile network operators to test different technical approaches for such a system. 2 different approaches will be tested as part of the trials:

  • cell Broadcast service (CBS): the broadcast of a text-type message to all handsets in a defined area
  • location-based SMS messaging: all numbers in a specific location receive a traditional SMS message

There are pros and cons for each approach which mean that trials are necessary to conclude which provides the optimal service for the public. There are examples of these approaches in use across the world. For example the United States and the Netherlands both employ a cell broadcast based approach, whilst in Australia a location-based SMS system is being rolled out.

The trials will take place in 3 locations:

  • North Yorkshire – 18 September
  • Glasgow – 3 October
  • Suffolk – 20 November

These areas have been chosen to provide a good geographic coverage of the UK and a balance of urban-rural areas and are not in response to any increased levels of risk or threat. In addition to national level communications, each local area has developed a communications plan to inform local communities that might be affected by the trials.

3. Trial progress

We are delighted to share our progress with you via our trial update (below) which we will refresh regularly throughout the project. This week, Project Manager, David Barnes gives his views on the upcoming work:

This is the first of a series of updates to give you a feel for the work that’s going on to evaluate options for a new public alert system in the UK. We recognise that the way in which you go about your daily lives means that we need to consider innovative ways to get safety critical messages to you during an emergency. Thankfully these are rare in the UK, but as the National Risk Register shows, a diverse range of scenarios pose a risk to our lives so it’s important to make sure we have a wide range of response capabilities in place to deal with them.

Preparing for emergencies is a challenging role and I work with a variety of organisations in central government, the private sector and the voluntary sector to achieve this. However, it is the category 1 responders that do the vast majority of work to plan for and who will ultimately respond to emergencies. It’s for this reason that we are considering these alert capabilities as we need to provide front line agencies with access to the tools they need to keep the country ready. I’m delighted that I’ve had the chance to work with colleagues from EE, Vodafone and O2 Telefónica in this work and am grateful for their contribution to the project.

Over the next few weeks I hope to be able to give you an insight into the work we are doing along with the successes and challenges that we come across. If you have any views on this work please email us at: or via Twitter @UKResilience using #UKAlertTest.

4. Evaluating the trials

The trials will be evaluated drawing on information from 3 different perspectives:

  • opinions from the mobile industry on the technical and corporate implications of introducing such a system
  • public views and thoughts on alert message content, method of delivery and resulting behaviour
  • views from emergency responders including how such a system would enhance their existing arrangements, the resources and training that might be required to manage it and when it could be most effectively used

No decision has been made at this point how this work might evolve in the future. Once the trials have been conducted, CCS will produce a report in early 2014, detailing the findings of the trials and recommending a way forward for consideration by the government. A copy of this report will also be published on GOV.UK.


Interactive CB – A1 Systems

Marketing Introduction

It’s no secret that mVAS has seen lackluster growth over the past two years‚ the popularity of traditional SMS services is fading‚ and the conventional ways being used to promote them are ineffective. It’s a worrisome state of affairs not only for operators and content providers struggling to keep to their annual budgets‚ but for the users of such services as well. When content providers stop rolling out interesting new services‚ users vote with their feet. When users get out of the habit of using mVAS services‚ it’s very difficult to bring them back by rolling out innovative services that they would have otherwise used. So how can we stimulate growth in the mVAS market?

Product Description

Smart Cell is a unique service that allows the operator to increase mVAS ARPU by $4.50 per year from each subscriber‚ while providing subscribers with a comfortable environment in which to receive operator-provided content and services. Smart Cell is a freestanding component of NaviSIM.

Based on ICBC technology‚ Smart Cell allows the MNO to display interactive messages on the mobile phone handset while it’s in standby mode. It’s a very efficient and non-intrusive way to not only promote traditional services (content distribution‚ subscription activation‚ USSD and IVR portals‚ WAP and WEB sites)‚ but also create new ones‚ while stimulating sales of operator-provided services (package plans of SMS messages‚ GPRS traffic‚ RBT‚ etc.). Our experience shows that ICBC promotes services 37% more effectively than traditional methods‚ and the ICBC storefront itself can bring in 6.7 times more revenue than STK.

A key difference between Smart Cell and existing ICBC solutions is that not only can the subscriber submit an order from an interactive message‚ but also switch to a dynamic interactive menu of unlimited nesting. The structure of the menu can be given in advance or be dynamically generated depending on what the caller does. This makes it possible to increase revenue from ICBC by at least 80% over traditional ICBC solutions.

MNO Benefits

Launching Smart Cell on the operator’s network requires:

  • No CAPEX on the equipment if you choose a hosted solution plan
  • No CAPEX on the software if you choose a revenue-sharing plan
  • No OPEX if A1 Systems fully aggregates the storefront
  • Increase in ARPU to $4.50 per year from each subscriber

Technical Requirements

LauncLaunching Smart Cell on the operator’s network requires:

  • Support of the BC at the base station controller using the ts 3gpp 3.41ts 3gpp 3.41 protocol
  • 2.1.1 and Release 5 SIM cards supporting OTA GSM 23.048 or 3.48
  • 8KB of available space on the card
  • A place to put the server rack if the solution is deployed at the operator’s end‚ or a VPN channel for remote connection of the platform

iOS7 NL-Alert Emergency Alert – One2many

iOS7 NL-Alert emergency alert lock screen


iOS7 NL-Alert emergency alert notification screen


iOS7 NL-Alert emergency alert popup message


iOS7 NL-Alert notification centre settings



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