SPATCH (The Hyde Company) announced today that it is collaborating with CellCast Technologies, LLC to offer a cell broadcast solution for rural and independent carriers to enable them to be compliant with the Federal Communications Commission for the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).
CellCast Technologies, LLC provider of EAGLE Alerts™ for Message Origination and the patented CellCast Aggregator/Gateway™ that transmits alert messages in CAP v1.2 recently participated in the first successful “End-to-End” demonstration of CMAS technology in Florida. Prior to this demonstration, CellCast has successfully passed every test and evaluation from federal agencies.
SPATCH is pleased to partner with CellCast. SPATCH has already developed a proprietary Cell Broadcast Center (CBC) with a CMSP Gateway capability for rural CDMA carriers. Working closely with CellCast, SPATCH is offering a CMAS Solution for rural GSM carriers.
The CellCast “End-to-End” CMAS system will enable rural and independent wireless carriers to transmit alerts for public safety and emergency management agencies. Additionally, carriers will receive revenue by providing value-added services and from mobile marketing messages by commercial clients.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in accordance with the WARN Act of 2006, has established a timeline governing commercial deployment of CMAS by the wireless industry and alert service providers. The FCC released the CMAS architecture and standards in December 2009 and set an implementation deadline of April 2012 for commercial providers that choose to participate. CMAS is designed to allow public officials to send urgent messages to wireless users within range of a particular cellular antenna or wireless transmission system.
CellCast Technologies, LLC (“CellCast”), a global provider of geo-targeted emergency and commercial messaging systems, based in the United States, announces today that CellCast along with Alcatel-Lucent and the wireless carrier MetroPCS Communications, Inc. has successfully completed the first CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert System) compliant pilot for the “End-To-End” delivery of a cell broadcast message in the State of Florida. Theproject was envisioned by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Logistical coordination was managed by the emergency communications coordinator for Pasco County.
CellCast provided its EAGLE Alerts™ for Message Origination and transmitted the test messages in Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) v1.2 to the patented CellCast Aggregator/Gateway™ message processing system which performed various validations and then converted the test messages to CMAC and forwarded them to the Alcatel-Lucent Broadcast Message Center (BMC). The Alcatel-Lucent BMC sent the test messages to the designated cell towers on the MetroPCS wireless network throughout Polk and Pasco counties in Florida for transmission to the CMAS standard handsets used to document receipt of the test messages.
“By commissioning this project the State of Florida has taken a significant step forward in validating technology for delivering life-saving messages to its citizens and visitors,” said Shayne Barr, Managing Director of CellCast.
When CMAS is made generally available in 2012, life-saving emergency messages from the National Weather Service, federal, state and local emergency operation centers and the President of the United States will be promptly delivered to cell phones in the area affected by the emergency.
CMAS is a collaborative effort between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Homeland Security Science and the Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), the Alliance of Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The Florida CMAS Pilot was inspired by Presidential Executive Order 13407 that called for a comprehensive alerting system for the public.
For the consumer: CMAS compliant handsets will announce alerts with a dedicated vibration cadence and audio attention signal. Emergency alerts will not interrupt calls in progress. CMAS currently supports English only, text-based alert messages with a maximum displayable message size of 90 characters.
For more information about CellCast Technologies: http://www.cellcastcorp.com
SkyPort Global Communications, Inc., a communications carrier operating in 22 states and for the National Guard, announced today a strategic alliance with CellCast Technologies, a company working with local, state and federal government entities, to activate cell broadcast technology to transmit emergency alerts on cell phones during disasters.
The alliance integrates the emergency alert system onto today’s technology of cell phones and other mobile handheld devices. While cell broadcast technology is currently available on most cell phones, it is not being used. Therefore, SkyPort’s infrastructure can function as a carrier for the cell broadcast technology in nearly half of the United States.
“CellCast has the most unique and advanced emergency alert technology that can direct people to safety before a tornado, hurricane or other disasters even those that are manmade hit their specific area,” said Pat Brant, SkyPort president and CEO. “We are proud to join forces with CellCast and bring this technology to serve the public interest.”
With cell broadcast, an emergency manager can deliver geo-specific warnings within 20 seconds to only those citizens in the line of danger. A cell broadcast alert causes the cell phone to ring and a message is displayed on the screen. A cell broadcast alert can be simultaneously delivered to millions of cell phones with the feature enabled, without queuing delays of conventional text messages that are relayed one-by-one.
Paul Klein, CellCast chief operating officer, stated, “SkyPort has built a solid reputation of reliability, and the company will be a superior carrier that American citizens can count on receiving emergency alerts in time to help protect their lives and their families during disasters.”
About CellCast: CellCast Technologies is a privately held company based in Houston. It offers a revolutionary cellular-based emergency broadcast system for national, state and local government entities, and commercial revenue-generating resale programs for non-emergency cell broadcast applications. Visit http://www.cellcastcorp.com for more information.
About SkyPort: SkyPort Global Communications, Inc. is a communications carrier providing managed, secure, broadband satellite and terrestrial communication services. Clients rely on its ability to provide end-to-end voice, video and data solutions that are fast and designed to be 99.999 percent reliable. SkyPort was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Houston. With its global network, engineering expertise and owned infrastructure at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base.