Wireless Public Alerting Dissemination (WPAD) Workshop

Wireless Public Alerting Dissemination (WPAD) Workshop

Rideau Falls Room, 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ont.
13-14 June 2013


Engage industry in wireless public alerting through:
  • Clarifying government national public alerting policies

  • Learning from the US

  • Presenting the path ahead

Target audience:

  • Wireless service providers

  • Technology vendors/solution providers

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), in partnership with the Defence Research and Development Canada Centre for Security Science and Public Safety Canada, 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.

Questions, contact the event manager David Farnes at dfarnes@cata.ca