Wireless Public Alerting Dissemination (WPAD) Workshop: Attention wireless service provider and technology vendor or solution providers
May 13, 2013

Are you a wireless service provider or a technology vendor or solution provider?

If the answer is yes, then join us for a Wireless Public Alerting Dissemination (WPAD) Workshop (Rideau Falls Room, 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa) on 13-14 June 2013. Our goal is to engage industry in wireless public alerting through clarifying, government national public alerting policies. learning from the US and then presenting the path ahead. For full details please visit the website at: http://www.cata.ca/WPAD or contact David Farnes, CATA’s Telecom Management Team Leader at dfarmes@cata.ca


The National Public Alerting System (NPAS) is a Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) initiated all-hazards system-of-systems that provides emergency management organizations throughout Canada with a standard alerting capability to warn the public of imminent or unfolding hazards to life through such means as radio, cable television, satellite television, email and SMS text services. As the system expands to wireless to include the participation of cell phone companies, social media web sites and other internet and multimedia distributors, key public alerting stakeholders are being engaged in planning the next steps. Authorized FPT alert issuers are able to issue alerts in CAP-CP format through the National Alert Aggregation & Dissemination (NAAD) System operated by Pelmorex Communications Inc. More background information about NPAS can be found at http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/em/npas-bckgrndr-eng.aspx. Information about the NAAD System can be found at http://alerts.pelmorex.com/en/. 

Industry Canada is leading an initiative to assess the technology for Wireless Public Alerting Dissemination (WPAD) that will extend the CAP-CP messages from the NAAD System to mobile devices through wireless service provider networks. We are learning best practices from a similar system deployed in the U.S. as we plan to pilot test the technology for Canadian demographics. 

Through this workshop, organizers aim to bring together key industry stakeholders, provide updates on public alerting developments, and provide a learning forum for best practices from the U.S. Commercial Mobile Alert System The workshop will also allow industry stakeholders to speak openly or privately with government representatives. 

Ps For industry alerts, updates & peer connections please join the CATA Social Media Group (7600 members) at this URL: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Canadian-Advanced-Technology-Alliance-CATA-37239/about