[sbe-eas] IPAWS status - DASDEC config
ed.czarnecki at monroe-electronics.com
Tue Nov 22 20:08:24 EST 2011
Someone from IPAWS (Al?) should clarify, but my understanding is that FEMA plans in the near future to originate a number of scheduled RWTs per day (I’m not sure this has been finalized, but a plan was to issue RMTs at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM local time each day).
Dave – in hindsight, I agree with you that an RMT would have sufficed for testing the relay, but the folks running the test were ordered to curtail the message length at the 11th hour. But as far as using a RMT nationally in the future, I suggested in a trade mag that a next step to be considered could be an RMT, especially if they want to run another test of the relay before June 30th. I didn’t suggest an NPT (National Primary Test) bearing in mind that all the older units might not be switched out before then. I’m not sure all the older units out there can support the NPT (I’m actually surprised how many HollyAnne’s that we’ve run into over the past few months).
After June 30th, they could do RMTs or NPTs, potentially several times a year (with less public outreach burden, and hopefully with shorter filing procedures).
I’m hoping the FCC will convene further industry stakeholder meetings to discuss future plans for EAN code testing, including parameters for lab testing of the EAN code, and future live code EAN tests.
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Subject: Re: [sbe-eas] IPAWS status - DASDEC config
Thanks. That seems to do the trick. It would be my hope that FEMA would routinely (as in weekly) generate RWTs... WITH VOICE and ATTENTION TONE... so that the functionality of both their equipment and EAS participants in the filed can be verified. I for one, do NOT agree with the sentiment expressed by some that RWTs are an obsolete, unneeded feature. IMHO, they serve a valuable role for verifying basic system functionality. The don't test everything... but they catch MOST problems that I have seen in practice.
I think there may also be something to be said for having a national RMT done once a year. The states can incorporate that as part of their RMT scheduling process. The problems we ran into with this national test could have been identified just as easily with an RMT as with an EAN... without the issues associated with a "live code test'. A combination of RWTs and an occasional RMT would resolve most of the issues. Then, yeah, do a live code test to catch problems unique to it (like how the system handles 3 minute alerts... which we abandoned this time anyway).
On 11/22/2011 2:40 PM, Ed Czarnecki wrote:
p.s., for the DASDEC and OneNet specifically, just enter the string apps.fema.gov in the CAP server host address field. The https:// part is not needed.
CAP server host address
And, unless FEMA has begun posting the RMT messages, there shouldn’t be anything there yet…
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