AWARN NYC Roundtable on Advanced Emergency Information (AEI)

AWARN NYC Roundtable on Advanced Emergency Information (AEI)

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One World Trade Center

285 Fulton Street

New York, NY 10007

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Join AWARN, WNET, NYCEM & colleagues to discuss the roll out of interoperable Advanced Emergency Information (AEI) using ATSC 3.0/NextGen TV

About this event

Discuss the Future of Emergency Alerting

On October 17-18, 2022, the AWARN Alliance will join with The WNET Group and New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYCEM) to host the first regional roundtable discussions in the tri-state area on the deployment of Advanced Emergency Information services (AEI). Leveraging the advanced alerting capabilities of a powerful new broadcast technology, ATSC 3.0/NextGen TV, will be an important piece of a broader discussion of interoperable technologies that can transform the landscape of public warning. We call this digital network-of-networks Next Generation Emergency Messaging (NGEM).

The meeting, with invitees from across the tri-state area, will take place in-person on the 64th Floor of the iconic One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, starting by 1pm on Monday, October 17 and concluding by 4pm on Tuesday, October 18 (ahead of NAB Show New York). This is an opportunity to join with other disaster information stakeholders in a relaxed, informal setting to discuss the future of public warning and emergency information sharing via broadcast technology.

Activities will include guided tours of World Trade’s transmission deck on the 90th Floor, shared by eight TV stations including WNET*, level-setting briefings, networking opportunities, and a series of closed-door roundtable meetings among broadcasters, emergency managers (EM’s), and invited guests. Discussions will center on building out a voluntary, all-digital, and interoperable ‘network of networks’ – NGEM – to improve our response to many types of emergencies. Although the use of NextGen TV (aka ‘Broadcast Internet’) in a converged system will be covered, technology is not our focus. Instead, our discussions will center on the institutional and human interactions needed to leverage new technology solutions.

*Sign-up will be required for a tour of the Trade Center’s shared transmission facility; further information will be provided at a later date.

Objectives for the roundtable

  • Review the state of alerting relationships between EM’s and TV stations (those with newsrooms and those without) in the NYC area today.
  • Identify best ways for EM’s, broadcasters, and other emergency information distributors to use AEI broadcast directly and in a voluntary, interoperable ‘network of networks.’
  • Identify relationships that need to be built or strengthened between alerting stakeholders.
  • Help refine the model for AWARN roundtables in other regions and develop a national framework for the roll-out of AEI and NGEM.

Who should attend?

  • Emergency managers, including those who “push send” for alerts, TV station general managers, news directors, and operations and technology executives from both commercial and public media in the tri-state area.
  • Local and state emergency managers, including sheriffs, alert originators, and Public Information Officers.
  • Area members of the State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC).
  • Federal and non-federal alerting regional officials.
  • Selected expert technology solution providers and device makers.
  • Officials involved in emergency communications policy and planning.

AWARN Regional Roundtables: Rebuilding the Broadcaster-Public Safety Partnership

The goal of the AWARN Regional Roundtable Series is to bring together emergency managers and broadcasters to launch Advanced Emergency Information (AEI) with ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV. Through this effort, we want to reboot the historic relationship between broadcasting (“first informers”) and the public safety community.

Post-meeting evaluations from participants from across Southern California at our first roundtable in Santa Barbara were extremely positive, with comments like "eye-opening," "excellent," "it really moved me," "connections were made," and "just the beginning."

We expect the Roundtable will lead to AEI becoming part of the agenda for the revitalized State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) meetings and, eventually, voluntary agreements between emergency managers and TV stations.

Registration is required for this invite-only event. For more information, please contact AWARN Deputy Director Anya Shetler at anya@awarn.org.

Sponsorships are available.

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