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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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,…

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STI-GA Call for Certificate Authorities

Certificate Authorities will play a critical role in mitigating illegal robocalls. WASHINGTON, DC — Implementation of STIR/SHAKEN is a critical mission in the fight against illegal robocalls and caller ID spoofing. The Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority (STI-GA) manages the rollout of this solution and is seeking interest from organizations that would like to serve as STI Certificate Authorities (CAs)….

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Attend the ATIS/3GPP Webinar: 5G Standards Developments in Release 15 and Beyond

WHAT/WHEN:  3GPP delivered the first complete set of 3GPP standards for 5G in Release 15 and is further enhancing 5G in Release 16. Plans for Release 17 are also underway. This webinar recaps the Release 15 content, providing an up-to-date view of 3GPP’s work with a particular focus on how it is expanding 5G capabilities and enhancing the mobile system’s technical performance. The…

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Join ATIS at ISE EXPO Featuring Speaker Dan Ashton, Chair of the ATIS Protection Engineers Group Conference

WHAT: Join ATIS, an ISE EXPO Industry Partner, at ISE EXPO, the industry-leading trade show for wireless and wireline network evolution. Network professionals from around the globe and throughout the entire ICT ecosystem come to learn, collaborate and build lasting relationships WHEN & WHERE: September 24 – 26, 2019, Fort Worth, TX MUST SEE SESSION:  Interference in Telecommunications Copper Cable Facilities…

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Delivering Targeted Alerts – Advancing the Wireless Emergency Alerts 3.0 System An ATIS Webinar

WHAT: A forthcoming ATIS webinar, Delivering Targeted Alerts – Advancing the Wireless Emergency Alerts 3.0 System, features key industry experts presenting the advanced geo-targeting capabilities of WEA 3.0. WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT SPEAKERS:  Brian K. Daly, Assistant Vice President, Standards & Industry Alliances, AT&TTerri Brooks, Principal Engineer, Systems Architecture, T-Mobile USASteve Barclay (Moderator), Sr. Director, Global Standards…

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Mitigating Illegal Robocalling Advances with Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority Board’s Selection of iconectiv as Policy Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC —The Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority (STI-GA), operating under the auspices of ATIS, today announced the selection of iconectiv as the U.S. STI Policy Administrator (STI-PA), a critical role in industry efforts to mitigate illegal robocalling. As the STI-PA, iconectiv will apply and enforce the rules as defined by the STI-GA to operationalize the SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of…

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New ATIS Standards Advance Geo-Targeting Capabilities of the Wireless Emergency Alerts System

WASHINGTON, DC  — ATIS today announced completion of four key deliverables in support of setting version 3.0 of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system into action by November 30, 2019. Among other enhancements, WEA 3.0 will deliver potentially life-saving messages in a more precise geographic range. The goal is to target at-risk populations while minimizing disruption to others outside of…

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ATIS Resource Advances Service Provider Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities in Hurricane Season

What: With the beginning of hurricane season, ATIS today announced the importance of information and communications technology (ICT) service providers accessing the Emergency Preparedness and Response Checklist ATIS-0100019. This ICT industry resource provides general guidance regarding preparedness for and response to hurricanes as well as a wide array of emergency situations including earthquakes and other events causing major disruptions to…

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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…

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The SHAKEN Governance Model: Setting Robocall Mitigation Protocols into Action in the Network – An ATIS Webinar

WHAT: ATIS is bringing together key experts for a series of webinars delivering insight into the coordinated industry-driven work taking place to combat unwanted robocalling and caller ID spoofing. This webinar will examine how the Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN) specification is being set into action in the network using the SHAKEN governance model. It will cover…

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US Ignite & ATIS Complete Phase One of Smart Cities Data Exchange Framework

New consortium of industry partners includes: AT&T, C Spire, Cisco, Fujitsu, Current by GE, iconectiv, Interdigital, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, Verizon Community partners include: Austin, Texas; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; District of Columbia; Independence, Ore.; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Portland, Ore.; San Diego, Calif.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Denver, Colo. WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2019 – US Ignite and…

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