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Wireless Emergency Alerts

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system is a public safety system that efficiently delivers critical warnings and information to the public via their wireless devices. Operational since 2012, the WEA provides geographically targeted, text-like alerts utilizing the Cell Broadcast System, across three categories:  Alerts issued by the President; Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life (fires, floods, hurricanes, etc.); as well as Alerts from the AMBER, Silver, Blue, and Endangered Missing Persons Alert Programs.1 Since its inception, and based on stakeholder experience and technological advancements, there have been continual enhancements to the WEA system to meet public safety needs.  The ...
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5G is on the Horizon — What Will It Take to Accelerate the Development of the Network of Networks

With the first of the 5G networks beginning operations in 2019, business and consumer excitement for 5G is growing. While these initial deployments will be small in scale and relegated to urban areas, it is a critical first step toward 5G services becoming a global reality. At the core of the acceleration of 5G deployment is the development of standards that will serve as the backbone to the network of networks. These will enable companies to utilize multiple technologies to solve their complex communications needs and importantly, exploit and capitalize on the new opportunities that 5G will bring. At Intelsat, ...
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UAVs for Restoring Communications in Emergency Situations

If you have ever experienced a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire, etc.), you are well aware of the importance of communications during this time. A functioning communication network is essential to coordinating emergency and recovery operations, rebuilding infrastructure as well as allowing the public to contact rescue services, family and friends. Following a disaster, disruption to the communications network is all too often a problem, usually due to damage to cables and cell towers as well as the loss (or shut down) of electrical power. Yet, the ability to provide an “on-demand” communications infrastructure is critical to the needs ...
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Context-Aware Identity Management: The Who, What, Where, When and How

In the age of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), users increasingly want the flexibility to access both their business-critical applications and personal applications anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices.  This increased mobility — combined with the fact that many applications are emerging that cross multiple industry sectors or domains — requires authentication and authorization processes beyond single sign-on capabilities.  Furthermore, the continued growth of sophisticated connected devices is creating an abundance of contextual information available to networks. The ability to effectively collect, manage and analyze this information is driving the development of new solutions in the area of Context-Aware Identity ...
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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Telecom

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have long been associated with science fiction movies, with no better example than 2001: A Space Odyssey and Hal the computer (“I’m sorry Dave, I am afraid I can’t do that”). But what exactly is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? In its simplest form it is the automation of tasks or functions which otherwise require human intelligence to execute. Many people may be surprised to learn that AI is already widely used in their day-to-day activities through digital voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.  AI enables users to interact with their services and devices ...
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