IPAWS WATCH, by Genasys, is the most feature-complete implementation of IPAWS in the industry, and the trusted solution used by FEMA for its own in-house development. The Genasys IPAWS solution empowers public safety agencies to issue emergency alerts and warnings in multiple languages through FEMA’s IPAWS system. Public safety alerts for severe weather, evacuation and shelter-in-place notifications, hazardous materials release, child abduction, active shooter or other crisis event, can be dispersed via IPAWS emergency alerting channels such as WEA, EAS and other modalities, throughout an affected geographic area.

Genasys IPAWS implementation is fully WEA 3.0 ready.

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User-Friendly Interface

The Genasys interface is easy to use, even for first-time operators. The GIS-centirc interface provides easy targeting by FIPS or ZIP codes enabling geo-fencing on the fly from imported shapes.

Easy to Use Templates

Save time and eliminate errors by creating templates that can be launched in just two clicks or edited on the fly before publishing. Set up templates for routine testing and frequent alerting. Divide areas into sections so that relevant information reaches affected groups.

Test Environment

Each alert can be launched in “TEST MODE” to eliminate errors in public-facing messages. Configure speakers, run audio messages and practice emergency scenarios, all within the safety of the test playground.

Wireless Emergency Alert Support

Deliver public safety alerts to the cellphones of those in affected areas – no need to opt-in or signup. Geo-fence the affected area and deliver precise instructions and updates in seconds.

Emergency Alert System

Deliver alerts and updates on any modality that supports IPAWS, including local, cable and satellite TV, FM and AM radio – and other targeted broadcasts.

SMS and Speaker Broadcast

Automatically deliver messages issued by other authorities to your population via SMS and through Genasys’ state-of-the-art LRAD mass notification speaker arrays.

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WEA 3.0 Ready

Genasys’ IPAWS implementation fully supports FEMA WEA 3.0 specification, which includes increased character limits, simultaneous Spanish and English broadcast to WEA, enhanced geo-fencing precision and extended WEA handling codes.

English & Spanish

Genasys broadcasts English and Spanish instructions in the same alert. Recipients’ phones will automatically receive alerts in Spanish, if set to Spanish.

Increased Message Length

Genasys publishes legacy 90-character messages as well as extended 360-character messages in the same alert. Recipients’ devices capable of handling the extended character count will receive the extended messages.

Additional WEA Handling Codes

Genasys supports all WEA 3.0 handling codes introduced by FEMA.

Public Opt-In

Residents, visitors and tourists can opt-in to receive public safety alerts and notifications by adjusting their cell phone settings, if automatic opt-in is not available in a region or country.