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Experimental Mobile Decision Support Services(MDSS) Interactive NWS(iNWS) Warning Alert SMS Text and Email Messaging Services via Mobile Device Technologies
Proposed to Transition to Operational
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The National Weather Service (NWS) is responsible for providing weather warnings and alerts in a timely and effective manner to support the protection of life and property. The NWS must provide this information to an increasingly mobile user community who are utilizing rapidly evolving technologies for accessing Internet content via mobile wireless devices. In response to this, the NWS is developing weather warning messaging services that leverage mobile device technologies such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) and cell phones, in order to better serve NWS core partners(see footnote 1). The NWS Western Region (WR) has developed a real-time, warning messaging service adapted to the unique characteristics of cellular phones and mobile devices. This service has been named Mobile Decision Support Services (MDSS) interactive NWS (iNWS). Users who subscribe can configure their user profile (via an interactive web page) to receive alerts for weather and environmental warnings, watches and advisories via Short Message Service (SMS) text messages or email, as they occur. This capability is provided on the MDSS (iNWS) webpage through an application called "iNWS Mobile Alerting". "iNWS Mobile Alerting" provides the user the option to choose which class/classes of NWS products (hydrologic, marine, severe weather, etc.)to be alerted for. "iNWS Mobile Alerting" also allows the user to define specific alert areas by city, state, line or point and the recently adopted polygon for defining short fused NWS watches and warnings. SMS text and email alerts will only be sent to users when an alert falls within the user’s configured area of interest The SMS text and email alert provides a short headline and embedded hyperlink which the user can select to see additional multimedia information (including graphics and images relevant to the particular weather event). This additional information may include products currently available on the NWS Website or products generated specifically to support decision making by NWS core partners. MDSS (iNWS) services are provided via a web page http://inws.wrh.noaa.gov. Currently, only "iNWS Mobile Alerting" is being provided as an experimental service to NWS core partners in preparation for a decision on operational implementation. In future phases of this project in addition to the experimental service documented in this SDD, the web page may link to other mobile services that are already operational such as NWS web services via wireless technologies (see NWS web services via wireless technologies SDD) as well as additional experimental services. The national experimental MDSS (iNWS) SDD supersedes the regional experimental: NWS Warning Alert Messaging Services via Mobile Device Technologies SDD issued in November 2007. The regional experimental service was previously provided by NWS WR to the general public. In August 2009, the NWS approved a phased approach toward developing a standardized, baseline national mobile decision support service (see attached NWS Decision Memorandum, August, 2009) with the initial focus on NWS core partners. The experimental MDSS (iNWS) is now available as a national experimental service for NWS core partners only. NWS core partners include: (1) Members of the Emergency Management community at all levels of government;Federal, State, Local and tribal. Other members of this community include: safety and emergency personnel, from universities or other entities with large populations, whose roles are similar to the public safety officials. (2) Other government agencies: specific government partners NWS requires close coordination with, e.g. FAA officials (for NWS Center Weather Service Units) and water and land management officials (for NWS River Forecast Centers). (3) Members of the Electronic Media: parties who operate systems that routinely provide weather and water warning information rapidly to a significant part of the population served by the NWS.
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Comment Start Date:
2010-08-30 Comment End Date: 2011-06-30
David B. Caldwell
Approved for Experimental Implementation
Last edit date to this meta-data: 2019-07-02