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Emergency Communications

Emergency Lifelines Workshop & Tabletop Recap

Pictured from left to right, Charles McCobb, Mary Hudak, Helena Mitchell (moderator), and Sue Loeffler.

Emergency Lifelines Workshop & Tabletop Recap

WEA - Optimizing Ability of Message Receipt by People with Disabilities

February 9, 2016 - In 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate funded the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Center for Advanced Communications Policy to examine and report on how to optimize Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) message receipt by people with disabilities. The research conducted under this contract with DHS S&T builds upon research initiated via the Wireless RERC emergency communications research and development projects.

Meet Wireless RERC Researchers at CSUN 2016

Wireless RERC researchers will be featured at the 2016 International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) in San Diego, March 21-26, 2016.  The papers/presentations include:

Wireless RERC on the Record: Wireless Emergency Alerts & Accessibility

January 13, 2016 - The Wireless RERC, in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), added their expertise to support several of the proposed enhancements to the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system.  In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released by the FCC In the Matter of Improving Wireless Emergency Alerts and Community Initiated Alerting [PS Docket 15-91], the FCC requested stakeholder input on several ways to enhance the effectiveness and content of WEA messages.  Wireless RERC and CACP research on the accessibility of W


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