24 July

National Weather Service Enterprise Analysis Report

The National Weather Service released a report today on changes to the private weather industry and how those changes affect the NWS’s role in relevant industries.  The volatility of recent weather trends and technological innovation have brought many industries together in the name of pragmatism and efficiency, as well as a demand for more weather […]

17 July

Organizations with Alerting Authority (complete/in process)

  List of Official Alerting Authorities List of Pending Alerting Authorities  To illustrate the myriad of complex networks that must be accommodated for advanced alerting, lists of online and pending alerting authorities have been posted.  The sheer volume of nodes and soon-to-be-nodes which must be connected, indicate an overwhelming need to systemize and prioritize our […]

7 July

Meeting with RAPA (Korean Radio Promotion Association)

Meeting with RAPA (Korean Radio Promotion Association)

  On June 14th, John Lawson and Fiona James, of Convergence Services, met with representatives from RAPA and other relevant stakeholders in bringing advanced emergency alerting to Korea.  After a dynamic presentation from Jerry Fritz, the RAPA delegation was shown a demonstration of the features and potential of AWARN.  Since Korea has already adopted ATSC […]

7 July

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

June 29, 2017 Ms. Marlene H. Dortch Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20554 Re: Ex Parte Notice: GN Docket No. 16-142, Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard Dear Ms. Dortch: On June 27, 2017, the below listed members of the AWARN Alliance met at the Federal […]

14 March

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

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

Social Science Research from the National Academies of Sciences Is a Key AWARN Resource 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 action to […]

14 March

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

March 7, 2017 Ms. Marlene H. Dortch Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20554   Re: Ex Parte Notice: GN Docket No. 16-142, Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard   Dear Ms. Dortch: On March 6, 2017, the undersigned hosted members of the Commission’s Media Bureau at […]

4 February

White House Earthquake Summit

White House Earthquake Summit

The White House Earthquake Resilience Summit held on February 2, 2016 focused on the imminent need for a comprehensive Earthquake Early Warning system such as ShakeAlert, to be quickly and inclusively adopted. Nowhere is this need more urgent than along the Pacific Northwest and California coastline, where the threat of a mega-thrust earthquake and devastating […]