America’s Emergency Network, LLC to Deploy ATSC 3.0 Advanced Emergency Information and Related Services Nationwide
LAS VEGAS—America’s Emergency Network, LLC has launched an Advanced Emergency Information (AEI) network using ATSC 3.0/NextGen TV. With the introduction of AEN, authorized alert initiators such as the National Weather Service, ShakeAlert and local emergency managers will be able to send actionable, geo-targeted multimedia messages even in the event of a power outage. electricity, cellular and Internet.
AEN Alert is a rich media-enabled emergency notification system that quickly transmits secure emergency messages to residents, schools, hospitals, and commercial and industrial facilities, providing timely warnings before a disaster strikes. not happen. These alerts will provide actionable information, such as evacuation routes, flood maps, and video clips from authorized and trusted authors (such as sheriffs and emergency managers). The AEN will help save lives and reduce injuries by giving people the information they need to take protective action.
AEN marries ATSC 3.0 to the existing Alert FM, which uses the 12-state radio data system. (RDS provides call letters, song and title information to car radios.) Alert FM serves an extensive network of local alert transmitters, which is their current customer base, and distributes via FM radio stations. Alert FM is authorized by the USGS to provide ShakeAlert earthquake warnings on the West Coast in five seconds or less. The integrated FM/ATSC 3.0 system will provide multiple redundant backup transmitters connected via satellite to provide secure transmission of a single point-to-multipoint messaging, overlaid by geo-targeted groupings.
“We are excited to leverage proven technology to deploy AEN Alert to deliver actionable emergency messaging across the United States,” said John Lawson, co-founder and president of AEN, LLC. “As a long-time advocate of geo-targeted, multimedia emergency notifications for tornadoes, fires, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes, AEN Alert will be of tremendous benefit in increasing public safety. in all our communities.” (Through his consultancy, Lawson is also Executive Director of the AWARN Alliance, a coalition that promotes and advocates the use of NextGen TV for AEI, the industry term for the range of ATSC 3.0-compliant emergency messages, current information alerts.)
The protection of California citizens during emergencies can be improved with rich media alerting solutions using NextGen TV, said Joe Berry, president and CEO of the California Broadcasters Association. “The recent Santa Barbara Early Warning Roundtable paved the way for NextGen TV to reinforce the vital role of broadcasters in communicating emergency alerts throughout California and the United States,” he said. declared.
“AEN has provided valuable insight into the emergency notification industry,” adds Alex Day, Business Development Manager of Tolka TV, a producer of cable, satellite, terrestrial and IP media-related applications, which has recently announced a partnership with Atlanta DTV to develop ATSC 3.0 products. “We are excited to cooperate in creating the software and hardware technology needed to deliver media-rich and actionable emergency alerts.
“Tolka will be the signaling server and middleware partner, providing the link between the AEN alert service and the broadcasters to insert the signals. We will also develop support applications,” he continued. “In addition, we will work with AEN to provide battery-operated mobile devices that will work even in the event of a power, cell and internet outage.”
At NAB, Tolka will demonstrate the AEN Alert RDS and ATSC 3.0 hybrid receiver dongle at the Altanta DTH booth (W7903) in the West Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
In the coming months, AEN will launch several pilot projects across the United States and expand the AEN product line. In addition to enabling AEI with NextGen TV and selling alert receivers, AEN is developing two other revenue streams:
- AEN TV: C-SPAN type linear reality programming by emergency managers for distribution on NextGen TV and streaming – ad supported.
- AEN Archive: library of content generated by a licensed emergency manager – paid.
At NAB and in the days following, the NEA announces that it will meet with potential strategic partners in the broadcast, infrastructure and receiver industries.