CELLULAR BROADCAST PLATFORM


The CompuLert™ NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Platform extends the capability of American Signal Corporations’ industry leading mass notification platform and provides cellular based mass notification capabilities.  By implementing the 3GPP standards and as published by the governing organizations; the NEXGen Cell Broadcast Platform takes full advantage of the Commercial Mobile Alert System abilities. NEXGen™ Cellular Broadcast Platform leverages the mobile network service provider’s infrastructure, and the pervasive availability of end user cellular phone handsets, to deliver emergency information to targeted populations in a broadcast format.

There is no single method capable of providing 100% notification to the public in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.  American Signal Corporation recognizes that an emergency communications system that utilizes every available channel to reach the public provides the greatest opportunity to save lives during an emergency and assist during recovery efforts after.  CompuLert™ NEXGen™ is the only true multi-threat detection multi-channel mass notification system.

The CompuLert NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Platform is implemented via the CompuLert™ NEXGen™ Platform configurations and additional NEXGen™ software modules.  These software modules can be implemented independently on physical, or virtual, servers or collectively on a single physical, or virtual, server instance providing unparalleled scalability, availability, and fault tolerance.

 

CompuLet™ NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Platform components:

 

NEXGen™ Intelligent Alerting Server

  • The NEXGen™ Intelligent Alerting Server (IAS) is the mass notification systems server built to provide industry leading scalability and compatibility with diverse systems.  The NEXGen™ IAS provides an intuitive user interface for emergency personnel and managers to define target populations using polygon, and other map tools, over dynamic map sources as well as selection of predefined groups and even the ability to create dynamic groups that are not referenced geographically.  The NEXGen™ IAS also provides interfaces for communicating with numerous types of additional mass notification systems.
  • The NEXGen™ IAS has the ability to also interface with numerous threat detection devices such as flood and rain sensors, wind sensors, CAP feeds, chemical and radiation detection and more.  The NEXGen™ IAS is the only true multi-threat detection multi-channel mass notification server available.

 

NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Entity

  • The NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Entity (CBE) interfaces with the Intelligent Alerting Server to receive data about the target population and the emergency message details.  The NEXGen™ CBE provides data a message formatting for transmission to the Cell Broadcast Center.  The NEXGen™ CBE and Intelligent Alerting Server are separate software modules.  This architecture is advantageous in that it allows the NEXGen™ IAS to operate independently of the CBE should the client desire to monitor of control other systems without creating an overly complex CBE implementation.

NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Center Server Interface

  • In addition to the NEXGen™ Core, the Cell Broadcast Center Interface Server module provides an interface to the NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Entity.  The NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Center Interface Server manages transmission of the CMAS messages to the service providers over the appropriate 3GPP technical standards as indicated in the CMAS Database.  The modular architecture of the CompuLert™ NEXGen™ platform and the Cell Broadcast Center Interface Server provides scalability and simplifies the addition of new standards and technologies for the future.  As networks are upgraded and new technologies are developed and implemented, new communications modules are created and can be added to the system while the system is in operation through the OSGI/NEXGen™ management console.  The Cell Broadcast Center Interface Server receives the nightly updates from the service providers, validates the data, and updates the CMAS system database.

 

Fonte: http://www.americansignal.com/cellular-broadcast-platform/

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American Signal Corporation Offers Enhanced Cell Broadcast Notification System with Integrated Threat Detection


American Signal Corporation Offers Enhanced Cell Broadcast Notification System with Integrated Threat Detection

MILWAUKEEJuly 26, 2017 — In the wake of recent, deadly flash flooding in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, American Signal Corporation (ASC) is announcing the complete integration of its NEXGen™ threat detection systems with the CompuLert™ NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Platform.

The system, which leverages cellular service provider coverage to broadcast emergency information to targeted populations, is now fully-integrated with the company’s CompuLert™ NEXGen™ Intelligent Alerting Server. Integration of these industry-leading technologies extends the NEXGen™ platform’s reach and unifies threat-detection and multi-channel mass notification into a single system.

The system interfaces with numerous threat detection devices, such as flood, rain and wind sensors, CAP feeds, chemical and radiation detectors, and more. Threats are processed in real time and disseminated to at-risk populations quickly and effectively. Notifications can encompass both indoor and outdoor alerts, including via voice and tone systems, digital message boards and signage, strobes and more. Local-area recipients can also receive smartphone alerts in the form of a general public emergency notification.

“People are asking how the fatalities in Arizona could have been avoided or what could’ve been done to prevent loss of life. The best-case scenario starts with better alerting protocols,” said Richard Roe, Executive Vice President, American Signal Corporation. “Our systems leverage numerous threat detection and mass notification tools in a fault-tolerant infrastructure, to make sure life-saving messages get to the people who need to see them. Our mission is to save lives every day. That mission helps form all of the solution we bring to market.”

The NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Platform is the integration of the CompuLert™ NEXGen™ Intelligent Alerting Server™, NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Entity and NEXGen™ Cell Broadcast Center Interface Server, implemented in compliance with 3GPP cellular network standards. This end-to-end system expedites threat detection awareness and mass notification lead times, delivering potentially life-saving information before an emergency, as well as recovery information throughout an event.

For more information about ASC’s products, visit the company’s website at http://www.americansignal.com/.

American Signal Corporation (ASC) is a leading designer and manufacturer of mass notification solutions for a wide variety of applications worldwide. The company combines advanced engineering, innovative software and state-of-the-art equipment with an extraordinary record of longevity and expertise in the field, to develop and install compliant, versatile and effective notification systems.

SOURCE American Signal Corporation

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Fonte: http://press-releases.media/american-signal-corporation-offers-enhanced-cell-broadcast-notification-system-with-integrated-threat-detection/

Activating your mobile phone’s emergency alerts feature


Now you can get free emergency alerts on your mobile phone when you’re within a disaster or emergency zone. Here’s how to enable this feature:

A. To activate for Android phones

  1. Open your Messages app, tap Settings.
  2. Look for Emergency AlertsCell Broadcast or Wireless Alerts options. Tap or slide the switch to turn it on.

Note: For some versions, you may go to SettingsMore, then Emergency Broadcasts. If you are asked to add specific ID, define or input Channel 728.

B. To activate for iOS

  1. Go to Settings, then Notifications.
  2. Scroll down to find AMBER Alerts, Emergency Alerts, and Test Message. Tap or slide to activate.

Note: For iOS, you would need to update to its latest version (iOS 10.2 and up, carrier version SMART 27.1).

How is this all possible?

Smart Communications has invested in cell broadcast technology which allows Smart’s users within a specified location to receive timely and accurate warnings from authorized government sources in times of calamities or threats. During emergencies or calamities, mobile users should receive an emergency alert – a very loud siren-like sound will go off with a corresponding message about the emergency flashed onscreen.

Smart Communications has made it possible for agencies like Philippine Institute of Volcanic and Seismology (PHILVOLCS), the Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as well as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to send free warning alerts straight to Smart users’ mobile phones in accordance to RA No 10649 of 2014 aka the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act.

Watch this video to learn more:

Emergency Cell Broadcast Activation Instructions for Specific Devices:

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
1. Go to Messages
2. Select More
3. Select Settings
4. Select More settings
5. Select Cell broadcast
6. Click On to activate

MyPhone My21
1. Go to Messages
2. Click Options
3. Select Cell Broadcasts
4. Click on Options
5. Select Settings
6. Select SIM 1
7. Check the Cell Broadcast SMS enabled

Alcatel OT 4032-E Pop C2
1. Go to Messages
2. Click on Options
3. Select Settings
4. Select General
5.Click on Cell Broadcast
6. Select Cell Broadcast (Enable cell broadcast)

O+ 360 Alpha
1. Click on Messages
2. Press on Options
3. Select Settings
4. Select General
5. Click on Cell broadcast
6. Select on cell broadcast (Enable cell broadcast)

Samsung GT-S3850
1. Select Messages
2. Press on Options
3. Select Settings
4. Click Broadcast messages
5. Press Activation

SAMSUNG GT-E1272
1. Click on Menu
2. Select Messages
3. Press Broadcast Messages
4. Select Settings
5. Press On in Activation

Moto G4 Plus
1. Go to Settings, then under Wireless and Networks, tap on More
2. Go to Emergency Broadcasts
3. Make sure the following items are ticked on the settings. Also, you may configure the notification settings
when you receive a cell broadcast.

Oppo F3
1. Go to Settings
2. Select Messages
3. Click Advanced
4. Go to Cell Broadcast
5. Disclaimer appears. Click on “Agree”
6. Press Settings
7. Click on Cell Information Activation

Huawei Mate 8
1. Select Messages
2. Press More
3. Select Cell Broadcasts
4. Click Menu
5. Go to Settings

LG G6
1. Select Services
2. Click Cell Broadcast
3. Click on Options
4. Press Settings
5. Click Cell Broadcast service to enable

Acer Z530
1. Select Messages
2. Click on Options
3. Select Settings
4. Click on General
5. Select Cell broadcast
6. Check Enable cell broadcast

Samsung J3 2016
1. Select Messages
2. Click More
3. Select Settings
4. Select More Settings
5. Click Cell broadcast
6. Click On

Samsung Galaxy S8
1. Go to Messages.
2. Tap the 3 dots on the rightmost part
of the Search bar.
3. Tap Settings > More settings > Broadcast channels.
4. Enable or switch On Cell Broadcast.
5. Tap “Select channels” then select “All channels”

Samsung Galaxy S7
1. Go to Messages.
2. Tap the 3 dots on the rightmost part
of the Search bar.
3. Tap Settings > More settings > Cell broadcast
4. Enable or switch On Cell Broadcast.
5. Tap “Select channels” then select “All channels”

Starmobile PLAY Click
1. Go to Messages.
2. Tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
3. Tap Cell broadcasts then tap the 3 dots on the upper right.
4. Tap Settings then tap CARD1.
5. Tick “Enable Cell Broadcast SMS”

Starmobile Diamond X1
1. Go to Messaging.
2. Tap Options > Settings > Cell broadcast
3. Tick “Cell broadcast” to enable cell broadcast

HUAWEI Y7
1. Go to Messaging > Cell broadcasts
2. Tap More button (3 dots on the upper right then tap Settings).

O+ Crunch
1. Go to Messaging.
2. Tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
3. Tap Cell broadcasts then tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
4. Tap Settings then tap the SIM Card inserted.
5. Tick “Enable Cell Broadcast SMS”

LENOVO A1000
1. Go to Message.
2. Tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
3. Tap Cell broadcasts then tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
4. Tap Settings then tap the SIM Card inserted.
5. Tick “Enable Cell Broadcast SMS”

 

Fonte: https://help.smart.com.ph/article/activating-your-mobile-phone-s-emergency-alerts-feature

Fonte: https://twitter.com/kennetuv/status/882865209785724928

Israeli tech for mass-notification alerts saves lives


When a natural or manmade disaster strikes, countries in Latin America, Europe and Israel use eVigilo’s multichannel system to warn citizens.

NDRRMC, Smart roll out emergency cell broadcast system nationwide


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and telecommunication company Smart Communications launched Tuesday a cell broadcast system (CBS) to enable the quick transmission of warnings to the public in times of calamities.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the development of the emergency cell broadcast system (ECBS) boosts government confidence in its ability to provide timely, hazard-specific, and location-specific warnings to people.

Hazard-specific, location-specific warnings

Yung alert hindi pare-pareho, iba yung alert sa tabing-dagat, iba sa tabing ilog, iba rin sa bundok. Pwede i-localize yung alert depende sa tatamaan ng bagyo o anuman. Ang takot natin yung lindol wala namang pasabi yan e. Ang challenge is palaging during and after na ‘yan,” he said during the press conference.

“Itong ating sistema ngayon marami pa tayong aayusin, the NDRRMC and OCD (Office of Civil Defense) meron naman silang regional stations. They are going to fine tune this with Smart,” he added.

The cell broadcast service can send emergency alerts quickly to a large number of mobile devices within a specified target area, making it an effective public warning system. It also allows telecommunications service providers to send out alert messages with minimal use of network resources.

Compliance with Free Mobile Disasters Alerts Act

Smart invested P500 million in ECBS, part of its 2016 capex outlay for network modernization in support of the NDRRMC efforts to reduce vulnerability during calamities.

This is the telecom company’s compliance with Republic Act No. 10639 or the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act, which mandates all telcos to implement free mobile alerts to the public in the event of calamities.

Ramon R. Isberto, head of public affairs at PLDT and Smart, said ECBS abbreviates the process. He said the system is critical in some situations like a tsunami where time can be limited and the ability to send out the message in such a short period of time can be very, very critical.

“You just need an access to computer, to a program, compose the message, define the area where the message will be sent, and then send the message. The system will send the message out,” he said during his presentation.

Advantage of CBS over traditional SMS

He said unlike short messaging system (SMS) or text services, CBS has its own dedicated broadcast channel, ensuring sustained broadcast alerts even when the network receives heavy traffic from all the calls and messages that are usually made during disasters.

He also pointed out that, in SMS, the sender has to collect the numbers in a given area—a painstaking and time-consuming process.

It can take several hours. That is the process the ECBS bypasses entirely. This is not based on celphone number, the system is based on location. All the cell sites in that location that was defined will send out  the message to all mobile phones in the area. That is the very big and fundamental advantage of cellular broadcast system,” he said.

He said another difference between traditional short message service (SMS) and CBS is the message display: SMS messages are received in a phones message inbox, whereas cell broadcast alerts flash on the screen even without user interaction. The latter is also accompanied by a loud warning sound.

Isberto said most mobile phonescan receive CBS alerts only when the cell broadcast feature is turned on, however.

“It is thus important to make sure that one’s device is updated to the latest operating system, and that its CBS feature is activated. Please turn on the cell broadcast feature of your cellphone,” he said.

NDRRMC in charge of ECBS messages and broadcasts

NDRRMC  executive director Ricardo Jalad said that, with the ECBS, it is the NDRRMC that will craft the message with inputs from different government agencies and send it unlike in SMS where they need to send the message to the telcos which in turn will send it to recipients.

“With this technology wala na yung telcos, kami na ang magka-craft, kami na ang magpapadala ng message,” he said.

He said their biggest challenge is the limit in the characters that they can send.

“Ang challenge doon ‘yung pagcraft ng message dahil limited ang characters,” he said.

He said they will send messages only during emergency situations.

“Ayaw naming abusuhin ang paggamit nito. Gusto namin marealize ng tao na pag pinadalhan sila e urgent talaga kaya dapat silang sumunod,” he said.

NDRRMC and Smart are set to conduct test runs of the ECBS in Northern, Central, and Southern Luzon in the next few weeks, following successful runs in Mindanao on Jan. 24, Visayas on Jan. 25, and Metro Manila on Jan. 26. — TJD, GMA News

Fonte: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/603207/scitech/technology/ndrrmc-smart-roll-out-emergency-cell-broadcast-system-nationwide

Fonte: http://newshero.net/2017/03/smart-now-testing-emergency-cell-broadcast-system-ecbs/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+newshero+%28NewsHero%29

Cell broadcast alerting on track for late 2017


Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the implementation of a new nationwide channel for sending alerts about emergencies to mobile phones is on track to be up and running by the end of the year.

Cell broadcast alerting is a new way of sending information to mobile phones in a set area without people needing to download an app or subscribe to a service.

“The alerts will appear similar to text messages. They are received automatically and for free by all cell broadcast enabled mobile phones in the area,” Mr Brownlee says.

“Discussions with New Zealand’s major telecommunications companies are progressing well and we expect to have contracts signed in the coming weeks.

“Once the cell broadcast alerting system is up and running, an alert will be sent out to mobile phones through the cell towers in the affected areas in the event of an emergency.

“As no technology is 100 per cent failsafe or equally useful in all conditions and emergencies, multiple channels will continue to be used to send alerts when emergencies happen.

“These channels include radio, television, websites, various social media, smartphone apps, sirens and others.

“A range of alerting methods were assessed before cell broadcast was chosen but this system gives the best combination of reach and reliability in New Zealand’s conditions.

“It will get information about an emergency to at-risk communities faster and more reliably than ever before. Plus, cell broadcast technology is not vulnerable to network overloading, so even when the networks get busy after a disaster, alerts can still be sent quickly.

“The system is well established elsewhere in the world in counties such as the US, Japan, Israel, Chile, the Netherlands and Taiwan.

“Countries including Canada, Peru, the UAE and the Philippines are in the process of implementing cell broadcast alerting.

“The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and the three mobile network operators – 2degrees, Vodafone and Spark – are working together to enable cell broadcast technology in New Zealand for the first time.

“The Ministry is working alongside the Fire Service, Police, Ministry of Health and Ministry for Primary Industries to develop a system that will work for the whole of government.

“Cell broadcast alerts don’t replace the need for people to pay attention to natural warnings, which is particularly important in the case of earthquakes and potential tsunamis,” Mr Brownlee says.

Fonte: https://www.national.org.nz/cell_broadcast_alerting_on_track_for_late_2017

How to enable your smartphone’s emergency alerts via cell broadcast

Smart deploys cell broadcast technology, complies with RA 10639


Smart Communications has successfully tested its cell broadcast technology recently in key areas of the Philippines, including the National Capital Region (NCR). This is in compliance with Republic Act 10639 or “The Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act,” which mandates telecoms services providers to send free mobile alerts during times of calamities.

Smart CBC Test Broadcast

“Unlike SMS or text services, cell broadcast technology has its own dedicated channel, ensuring sustained broadcast alerts even when the network receives heavy traffic from all the calls and messages made during disasters. This makes it a viable platform solution for a mobile-based alert system,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Head of Public Affairs at PLDT and Smart. “We encourage everyone to configure their mobile devices so that they can receive emergency alerts in the future.”

The company invested about P500 million in this messaging platform to enable the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Phivolcs to quickly send alert messages to mobile phone users in specific areas facing natural calamities or other emergencies.

Shown in photo during a presentation of Smart’s new cell broadcast service, from left, are Deputy Commissioner Edgardo V. Cabarios, Deputy Commissioner Delilah F. Deles, Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba, Ramon R. Isberto, head of Smart Public Affairs; Atty. Joel Peneyra of PLDT Regulatory Group, and NTC Regulation Chief Engr. Imelda R. Walcien.

Fonte: http://smart.com.ph/About/newsroom/press-releases/2017/01/27/smart-deploys-cell-broadcast-technology-complies-with-ra-10639?utm_content=buffer7cc06&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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