TCS Wins Contract to Research Improvements in Geo-targeting Accuracy for Wireless Emergency Alerts
Published on: 5th Apr 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
USA based TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) says that it has won a contract to develop ways of improving mobile phone location tracking from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The study, Constructing Algorithms that Utilize RF Cell Site Propagation Footprints for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) 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 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.
TCS Commercial Software Group, Vice President of Mobility Solutions Keith Bhatia said: "Undertaking this study deepens TCS' involvement with DHS, and we welcome this opportunity to conduct research for S&T."