The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will soon integrate Emergency Alerts delivered via Xperi Corporation’s HD Radio into its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) test and demonstration center in Maryland.
The test facility houses all of the communication technologies used for emergency alerting, and provides education for state emergency responders, politicians and other government officials.
HD Radio’s Emergency Alert feature is on demonstration at NAB Show 2019 in the FEMA/IPAWS booth, located at Central Hall Stand C3330.
Ashruf El-Dinary, VP of Radio Technology Solutions at Xperi, said, “The integration of HD Radio’s Emergency Alerts feature in the IPAWS facility will demonstrate the capabilities of digital radio technology as an advanced emergency notification solution for the public. For the first time FEMA will have the ability to test the Emergency Alert System using commercial HD Radio receivers.”
The HD Radio Emergency Alerts feature provides visual as well as auditory notifications to consumers. The digital radio features allow broadcasters to expand public service information in local communities.
HD Radio receivers with the Emergency Alerts feature are available in select vehicles, as well as aftermarket and tabletop radios, in the U.S. and Canada.