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DAS Unveils Emergency Alert Receiver, Transmitter

Enables broadcasters to meet a new rule requiring they collect and distribute alerts via an EAS CAP feed

Digital Alert Systems’ unveils its Emergency Operations Center device that enables broadcasters to meet a new rule requiring they collect common alert protocol (CAP) alerts and distribute them to emergency alert system (EAS) participants via an EAS CAP feed.

Starting June 30, 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is implementing the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Open Platform for Emergency Networks (IPAWS OPEN) requiring all broadcasters—including public, education and government channels—to collect CAP alerts and disseminate those alerts over the Internet, the agency says.

The DASEOC system can originate standard EAS alerts, but it can also originate CAP alerts, said Jon Rue, DAS’ EAS product manager. The DASEOC has many functions, so it is not just a standard EAS box, he said. Those functions include sending alerts to IPAWS, he added.

DAS has taken the technology from its standard digital alert system and modified it, he added. With the EOC model, DAS has added more features and made the box apply more to an emergency operations center application, Rue said. “Emergency managers can originate alerts from this box and send it out to the broadcasters and cable system in any given area and get alerts out to the public,” he said.

Broadcasters can take advantage of a range of economic and operational benefits of the DASEOC, including being a “one stop solution for CAP compliance,” DAS says. The DASEOC is the “only single device” that is certified by both FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission for originating and monitoring CAP and EAS communications. Other benefits provided by the DASEOC are:

Receive and transmit EAS text, audio, video, documents and graphics.

An integrated DASEOC can cost less than separate systems for CAP, EAS and IPAWS, for both transmitting and monitoring.

Because it is a single user interface, it can provide operational efficiencies.

“The biggest thing about this product, and reason why we put this product together is to create a cost-effective device that can be used by emergency operations centers, that not can do standard EAS, but also CAP,” Rue said. “We combined everything into one box so a facility doesn’t have multiple systems.”