OLD BRIDGE, N.J. —Digital video solution provider Blonder Tongue Laboratories and emergency alert system manufacturer Monroe Electronicshave created an emergency alert information and distribution platform that does not require a set-top box.
Monroe Electronics’ One-Net SE emergency alert system has been integrated with the EQAM-420B EdgeQAM with EAS from Blonder Tongue, enabling cable operators to deliver customized, local emergency alert information to viewers.
After receiving emergency alert information, Monroe Electronics’ One-Net SE generates a customized EAS message and transmits the information to the EQAM-420B with EAS for distribution into the television system. The EQAM-420B with EAS features a dual Gigabit Ethernet input and a QAM coaxial output with a separate Ethernet management port, simplifying network connections. The EdgeQAM aggregates multiple programs received in IP format and delivers them over a standard coaxial distribution network. Standard programming is replaced with full-screen text, video, and accompanying audio to ensure an impactful reception.
Based on a modular design, the EQAM-420B with EAS is scalable, providing operators with a flexible solution. An intuitive Web-based interface simplifies setup and operation, and remote monitoring and control can be performed via a comprehensive user interface compatible with standard browsers.
Controlled by a Web browser interface, the Monroe Electronics One-Net SE is FCC-certified and IPAWS conformant. Optional AM/FM/NOAA internal receivers allow radio inputs for monitoring standard over-the-air EAS alerts. Using tiered security enables multiple, simultaneous users, and a text-to-speech functionality automatically creates a voice to accompany text messages.
Blonder Tongue’s EQAM-420B with EAS supports up to 64 MPEG-2/H.264 single program transport streams or 16 multi-program transport streams. Each program can maintain up to one video and two audio elementary streams. The IGMPv3-capable solution can be configured with one to four modules, each with four adjacent QAM channels for a total of 16 (40 dBmV). PMT and PID values are passed through without changes to ensure accurate program information. The EdgeQAM solution also features a soft, IP-enabled EAS trigger and SNMPv2 support for product and network management.