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OminBus: iTX System Can Support the Emergency Alert System

The software can now be used to automate the airing of all national, state and county-level alerts

OmniBus Systems, in partnership with Trilithic Inc., has added fully integrated support for the U.S. Emergency Alert System (EAS) to its iTX automation and transmission platform, says a written statement by OminBus.

iTX software can now be used to automate the airing of all national, state and county-level alerts received by the Trilithic “EASyCAST Emergency Alert Solution,” says OminBus, which is a multinational provider of automation and media content.

OminBus says that when an EAS alert arrives, the iTX operator is notified by a flashing signal. After reviewing the alert details, the operator can immediately invoke an on-air event sequence generated automatically by iTX, including the specific text message and audio tones delivered by EASyCAST. In addition, a unique capability of iTX allows the current on-air schedule to be placed on “hold” or to continue in a “roll-under” mode while the alert sequence airs. That provides the broadcaster with a choice of continuing the on-air schedule from the point of interruption, or joining-in-progress to maintain schedule timing.

iTX integration with EASyCAST can be used in both single-site and distributed operations, such as multi-station “hub-spoke” deployments, OminBus says, adding that in the distribution model, EASyCAST devices can be located at each spoke to receive local EAS broadcasts and relay them via wide-area network to an iTX transmission system hub for airing.

With the planned transition to digital EAS, including the integrated public alert and warning system (IPAWS) and the common alerting protocol (CAP), iTX support for EAS alerts via EASyCAST provides a combined software/hardware solution that will continue to meet broadcasters’ requirements into the future, including the increasing deployment of distributed operations by multi-station groups, said John Wadle, OmniBus’ vice president for technology.

Those products enable service providers to improve efficiency and gain greater control over EAS messaging with seamless, internet protocol (IP)-based EAS solutions, OminBus says.