one2many has undertaken successful interoperability tests to enable wireless emergency alerts on LTE small cells, as an extension of its existing Cell Broadcast systems. The testing was carried out at an ETSI organised Small Cell LTE Plugfest in Paris.
Cell Broadcast is a next generation wireless emergency alert service on 2G, 3G and LTE, as well as Wi-Fi networks. Over the years the role of CB in public safety has been expanding, making it possible for governments worldwide to make vital public announcements to millions of citizens, within seconds, on a location-aware basis, without violating subscriber privacy or being affected by network congestion.
Some of the public warning initiatives around the world are: EU-Alert in The Netherlands, ETWS and Wireless Emergency Alerts (CMAS) launched in the United States by the FCC and FEMA.
Maarten Mes, CEO of one2many, said: “Our customers have requested LTE small cells support on our Cell Broadcast systems, and the ETSI plugfest tests prove it works. Which means that we now support emergency alerts on LTE small cells, next to regular CDMA, GSM, 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi networks.”
The 2nd Small Cell LTE Plugfest was held from 23 June to 2 July 2014, organised by the Small Cell Forum, in partnership with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and was hosted by the ORANGE Labs in Paris.
By connecting its CBC and broadcasting live CMAS messages one2many enabled mobile network equipment vendors to assess their CMAS/Cell Broadcast product interoperability and verify the correct interpretation of 3GPP and other base specifications.
one2many provides Cell Broadcast technology to telecoms operators across the world. Cell Broadcast technology delivers a non-intrusive, real-time service for the distribution of text-based messages to mobile handsets, specific to their current location. Cell Broadcast is capable of broadcasting one single message to reach all mobile handsets in an area as small as one radio cell and as big as an entire country.
Sending a message to millions of handsets takes a matter of seconds, making the service ideal for applications such as public warning, location-based services and mobile social media, one2many said.