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Alcatel-Lucent BMC


The Alcatel-Lucent Broadcast Message Center (BMC) application supports message broadcasts to mobile devices
in a specified geographic area. The Alcatel-Lucent BMC supports broadcast of government emergency alerts
as well as commercial message broadcasts.

Government emergency advertising. The Alcatel-Lucent BMC

alerting service provides a broadcaster web portal
The use of cell broadcast technology for broadcast message management.
to deliver emergency alerts has been The access control mechanism is
widely accepted due to its reliable implemented to provide a virtual
message delivery during emergencies operational environment to multiple
and wide usage of mobile phones. independent broadcasters. The
Parallel projects are being conducted broadcasters can be enterprise IT
in the U.S. (Commercial Mobile Alert administrators, campaign managers,
Service [CMAS]), Japan (Earth and retailers/businesses, and individuals
Tsunami Warning System [ETWS]), and with a need to broadcast messages
within the EU (Integrating Communi­ to a specified target delivery area.
cations For Enhanced Environmental Commercial message broadcast will
Risk Management and Citizens Safety be targeted to specific broadcast
[CHORIST]). The Alcatel-Lucent BMC areas identified with a user-friendly
has been designed to serve as a name. Such areas can be defined to
Commercial Mobile Alert Gateway in have a geographic shape (polygon)
carrier networks. It is compliant with associated with them or could be
emergency service standard require­ mapped to specific broadcast zones,
ments (e.g., CMAS requirements containing a group of cells/sectors,
in the U.S.) and also meets country- within the service provider network.
specific emergency requirements. The Alcatel-Lucent BMC can be
The current release (Release 2.0) configured to allow a broadcaster
supports full compliance with CMAS to use a specific set of broadcast
specifications. Due to its flexible target areas for message broadcast.
design, the BMC can be offered as Depending on the broadcaster’s scope
a complete solution for countries of operation, such broad­cast areas
interested in geographical coverage could be specific local areas, regional
of government alerts. areas, or entire PLMN of the mobile
service provider.
Commercial broadcast service
Alcatel-Lucent BMC Release 2.0 supports
Alcatel-Lucent BMC Release 2.0
the generation of CDR/billing records
supports commercial message broadcast
for commercial broadcast service. As
for applications such as information
per the BMC roadmap, BMC 3.0 will
messages, security alerts, enterprise
support the ATIS standard CBE-CBC
level message broadcasts, mobile
interface, which will allow broadcast Features Benefits
capability for external content
aggregators. • Supports delivery of broadcast mes­ • Complies with CDMA, UMTS and
sages (emergency or commercial) to GSM standards for cell broadcast
The business model for the commercial a large geographic area (defined by and all relevant emergency alerting
broadcast application is primarily geographic shapes or broadcast zones) standards
supported by revenue from advertis­ • Enables delivery of alerts based on • Leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s extensive
ers, interest groups, and enterprises static (pre-populated) or dynamic interoperability experience with
that are interested in the broadcast (using circles and polygons) alerting other network elements — Short
of messages to mobile users in the • Translates geo-target areas to network Message Service Center (SMSC),
target delivery area. The revenue and nodes/elements (MSC, RNC, BSC, cell, MSCs, BSCs, RNCs
business generated by the message cell sector and broadcast zones) • Offers CDR/billing records for
broadcast applications benefit all commercial broadcast service
• Retransmits alerts, updates alerts,
entities involved in the value chain.
and cancels alerts • Proven end-to-end solution certified
The carrier can generate new revenue
• Displays status of active alerts on in Alcatel-Lucent laboratories
using the Alcatel-Lucent BMC to
broadcast a geographically targeted the dynamic web portal • Standardized ATCA chassis offers a
commercial broadcast. • Establishes a secure interface to scalable solution for multiple appli­
alerting gateway (IPSec) cations and future growth with:
Release 2.0 of the BMC supports three • Validates message content ¬ Carrier-grade reliability
delivery technologies: • Complies with major standards: ¬ Improved manageability and
• Code Division Multiple Access CDMA (IS-41/IS-824/IS-637), UMTS serviceability
(CDMA) network with interfaces to (3GPP 25.419) and GSM (3GPP 23.041) ¬ Lower power consumption
Mobile Switching Centers (MSCs) • Supports geo-diverse deployment ¬ Reduced equipment footprint
• Universal Mobile Telecommunica­ and Network Equipment Building ¬ Remote management and support
tions System (UMTS) network Standards (NEBS) • Future-ready platform that can sup­
with interfaces to Radio Network • Built on the Alcatel-Lucent IMS port all future cell broadcast-based
Controllers (RNCs) Application Server (IAS) platform and multimedia-based commercial
• Global System for Mobile Communi­ using an Advanced Telecommuni­ broadcast services
cations (GSM) network with interfaces cations Computing Architecture
to Base Station Controllers (BSCs) (ATCA) v2 chassis

Figure 1. Alcatel-Lucent BMC network architecture

Advertisers and interest groups Federal, state and local agencies

• Commercial and emergency broadcast
Common message generation
alerting protocol • Authentication and validation of
broadcast messages
Aggregation Commercial Alert gateway Alert gateway • Maintain service provider profiles
gateway broadcast • Multiple alert gateways in government domain
(Release 3.0) web portal
Government/commercial domain
Carrier domain

• Mated-pair BMC supports external

BMC BMC gateway function
Data replication
CMSP gateway CMSP gateway • Single point of entry for broadcast messages
in carrier network
MC CBC MC CBC • Gateway for message delivery to CDMA and
GSM/UMTS networks

IS-824, IS-637 3GPP 23.041 3GPP 25.419



Cell site BTS NodeB

CDMA handsets GSM handsets UMTS terminals

CDMA network GSM network UMTS network

2 Alcatel-Lucent Broadcast Message Center | Release 2.0 | Data Sheet

Technical specifications Application blades
Four Rouzic application blades

Configuration • Two blades running I/O handlers, pilot functions,

agents and connectivity to external WAN
• Can be deployed as a standalone system,
or a pair of BMC nodes • Two blades running MySQL cluster with two
disks each
• Can be deployed in a geo-redundant
mated-pair configuration
Hardware • Runs as an application on the Alcatel-Lucent
IAS Application Server, which provides common
• Built on the Alcatel-Lucent IAS platform middleware and operations, administration
• Standards-compliant PICMG 3.0 ATCA chassis and maintenance (OA&M) infrastructure for
and blades support up to 12 application blades a number of applications from Alcatel-Lucent;
in addition to the LAN switches and shelf in addition, for GSM networks, the application
manager cards; two shelf manager cards in supporting BSC interfaces runs on Sun Netra
dedicated slots provide monitoring and alarm T5220 servers
notifications for the chassis power supplies, • Developed using an application development
fans, LAN switch blades, and application blades framework provided by the Alcatel-Lucent IAS
• Add-on servers, switches and routers (Sun Application Server platform
Netra 5220 servers, LAN switches, Cisco routers • LAN switch blades and application blades run
etc) are supported in the IAS cabinet to meet Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
customer network and interface requirements
Network interfaces
LAN switches
• Three basic categories of traffic use external
• Two Malban switches provide Layer 2 switching networks for transport:
and external connectivity (up to three external
WANs connected to Malbans are supported by ¬ OAM&P
the platform) ¬ Communication with alert gateways in the
• LAN switch blades provide 1 Gb/s Ethernet government domain
ports for external LAN connectivity ¬ Communication with Mobile Switching Network
infrastructure such as BSC, RNC and MSC
• Supports up to three external network interfaces
to meet the needs of service providers who have
separate IP networks for separate categories of
IP traffic Alcatel, Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent and the Alcatel-Lucent logo

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