FIA Free Alert Hub

We are pleased to announce the official launch of FIA’s Alert Hub, a free cloud service that provides robust scalability, availability, performance and reliability to the alerting community. The FIA Free Alert Hub (Hub) supports the pulling and immediate pushing of alerts from the Hub to those who are in need of critical and life-saving information.

Why did FIA develop this Hub? Accessing alerts quickly and easily was a challenge due to the lack of standard formats, closed alert networks, and decentralized access to CAP on the Internet. Realizing the power of the Internet and innovations in ad technology, we designed this completely open and free Hub that utilizes the newest form of standardized alerting schema: CAP.

While this service doesn’t replace existing alerting systems or technology, the goal is to accelerate the evolution of CAP. We expect the Hub to spur innovations that will help the Internet of Things (“IoT”) to utilize alerting for serious and imminent threats. The Hub was designed to encourage local ideas and community solutions across societies around the world. Finally, in an effort to help predictive analytics in natural disasters, we’ll store all CAP alerts in the cloud for fundamental research purposes at no cost.

The Hub will provide equal access to everyone. And as we continue to garner support from local alerting authorities and other organizations that are in a position to help, we’d like to thank our existing alerting authorities and partners for their ongoing support. We look forward to a future where the Hub can play a small role in leveraging the Internet’s strength and agility to help save lives and protect property – all around the globe.

Contributed by Jason Bier, Chief Privacy Officer at Conversant and Lead Representative of the Federation for Internet Alerts