Interop Technologies enhances wireless emergency alerts to Bluegrass Cellular

Interop Technologies, a specialist in advanced communication networks and managed services, has announced that Bluegrass Cellular, a community-focused wireless company serving central Kentucky, will deploy enhanced Wireless Emergency Alerts (eWEA) for their CDMA network from the Interop Cloudâ„¢, the company said.

Using Interop´s cloud-hosted eWEA solution, operators on any network can quickly provide their subscribers with alerts based on the latest Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements.

Enhancements outlined by the FCC and FEMA for WEA include increasing character limits from 90 to up to 360 characters on 4G-LTE and future networks and devices, support for Spanish-language alerts, improved geo-targeting for precise message delivery, and enabling phone numbers and URLs to be embedded in alerts to provide additional information.

The addition of a new class of alerts called Public Safety messages is also included in the FCC update. Currently, WEA alerts only support imminent threats, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Messages. The new category will allow public safety officials to use the eWEA system to send messages that are important for public safety, but don´t meet the “imminent threat” criteria. The cloud-hosted eWEA solution provided by Interop supports operators on CDMA, GSM, UMTS and LTE networks.

A provider of advanced communication networks and managed services; Interop Technologies delivers solutions that reduce cost, complexity, and risk for operators and communication service providers. With the belief that migration to and management of next-generation technologies should be frictionless, Interop develops better ways to implement and monetize the new technologies shaping mobile communications. Interop Technologies has world headquarters in Fort Myers, FL, and an EMEA regional headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Learn more at www.InteropTechnologies.com.

Bluegrass Cellular operates in 37 counties in Kentucky and one county in Indiana. In business for more than 28 years, Bluegrass has 20 company-owned retail locations and 34 authorized agent stores. A wireless pioneer, Bluegrass was the first to offer digital cellular service to central Kentucky in 1998.