New IPAWS White Paper

The subject of IPAWS comes up often with our customers and it can be a confusing and complicated system to explain. We have put together a comprehensive white paper explaining what IPAWS is, what it can do for you, and how it works in connection with the Rapid Notify system. We highly recommend you download the paper today.

Highlights include:

What is IPAWS and how does it differ from the Rapid Notify System?

How IPAWS WorksIPAWS is an “Alert Aggregator” that passes alerts to various communication systems that then deliver alerts to devices such as cell phones, televisions and radios.

It is important to note that IPAWS does not replace existing methods of mass notification, but instead offers new capabilities.

Access to IPAWS is free, however to send a message using IPAWS, an organization must procure its own IPAWS compatible mass notification software, such as Rapid Notify. 


Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), also known as Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) or Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN), is a component of the IPAWS program and a partnership between the FCC and commercial mobile service providers.

Alerting authorities will be able to send CMAS alerts to cell phones, even when cellular networks are overloaded and no longer support person-to-person calls, text, or emails.

The CMAS/WEA system will only alert those who 1) have a WEA-capable mobile device, 2) are physically located in an area impacted by an emergency situation, and 3) who have not chosen to opt out of the system…

Please download the white paper for more details.

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