US Department of Homeland Security selects TeleCommunication Systems

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has selected TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) to perform the first phase of its research study: Constructing Algorithms that Utilize RF Cell Site Propagation Footprints for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).

The study focuses on using the area footprints associated with radio frequency (RF) coverage to improve geo-targeting granularity and accuracy for delivery of WEA messages.

Established by the WARN Act in 2006, WEA is a voluntary national emergency alert system that is designed to deliver critical and emergency messages to the public. WEA messages include presidential emergency alerts, AMBER Alerts, and warnings of imminent national and local threats to life and property, such as natural and man-made disasters.

The outcome of TCS’ research will provide DHS S&T with recommendations to enhance geo-targeting methods with a goal of providing more focused geo-targeting alert area notifications and increased safety to wireless device users.

The research study also will help standardize algorithms and data management processes that can be critical for increasing citizens’ awareness of pending emergencies within their immediate geographic location. The benefits of improved geo-targeting will translate into a better user experience and alert notification integrity to help protect lives.

The study’s scope is limited to test environments only, as actual testing in the production environment would require the involvement of mobile operators.  A second phase of the project is currently under discussion and would facilitate field-testing with mobile operators to verify theoretical concepts.

As a thought leader and current member of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) committee, TCS is dedicated to developing innovative solutions to ensure public alerts are available when and where required.

TCS Commercial Software Group, vice president, Mobility Solutions Keith Bhatia said, “We are dedicated to the success of the WEA program and to the continued improvement of geo-targeted and precise alerts through all available mediums. Public safety depends on this constant evolution, and TCS has committed teams that are working to advance mobile technologies and to innovate new solutions.”

Over the past year, TCS’ secure mobile communication technology has powered the delivery of over four trillion text messages and more than 65 million annual wireless emergency calls. TCS’ wireless technology serves US military customers with mission-critical solutions. TCS operates the only non-operator TL 9000-certified network operations center supporting E9-1-1, text messaging and location-based solutions.

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