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New Company Web Site Provides Resources for Effective Emergency Alert System Management in Broadcast

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. — Jan. 26, 2010 —

Digital Alert Systems (DAS), a division of Monroe Electronics and provider of enhanced emergency alert system (EAS) solutions, today launched a new Web site that provides a wealth of educational resources for broadcasters looking to learn more about emergency alert compliance. In addition to supplying information on the company's EAS technologies, the new site provides a comprehensive resources page devoted to helping broadcasters be more aware of FCC mandatory regulations, explore ways to increase EAS efficiency while saving financial and staffing resources, and understand the wide range of terms and acronyms commonly used in emergency alert management.

"Broadcasters face a variety of issues in complying with EAS regulations, ranging from understanding the FCC requirements to interfacing with other station equipment, monitoring alerts from other locations, and logging and reporting compliance," said James F. Heminway, vice president and general manager of Monroe Electronics. "Our new Web site is designed as a resource, where we bring our many years of experience to help broadcasters understand all facets of EAS solutions and match the right technology to their specific needs."

Digital Alert Systems' flagship DASDEC™ platform is a next-generation CAP-compatible EAS encoder/decoder that affords the benefits of Internet and LAN-based communications while maintaining compatibility with current EAS protocols, thus bridging the gap between today's installed base and the emergency communications of tomorrow. DASDEC supports a wide range of standards — including simple GPI/O, serial, USB, and IP networking — for simple interfacing with, and control of, third-party character generator, crawl display, master control, and station automation products. The system's browser-based user interface provides maximum flexibility for EAS monitoring and control.

To learn more about Digital Alert Systems' EAS products, call +1 (585) 765-1155 or visit www.digitalalertsystems.com. Resources for broadcasters looking to learn more about EAS can be found at www.digitalalertsystems.com/resources.htm.

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About Digital Alert Systems

Digital Alert Systems, LLC was formed in October 2003 when the founders, having been involved in in EAS/EBS since 1990, determined IP-based technologies could lower the cost and improve operations over legacy EAS encoder/decoders while offering more avenues to increase the effectiveness of emergency communications in the future. The DASDEC™ emergency messaging platform was the result of this critical thinking and development.

In October 2009, six years from its inception and with more than 1000 systems in broadcast, cable, IPTV, and emergency operation centers around the U.S., Digital Alert Systems merged with Monroe Electronics to further extend its product offerings and better serve their collective customers well into the future.

About Monroe Electronics

Monroe Electronics' emergency alert systems (EAS) are the widely accepted standard for CATV operators. The recent merging of Digital Alert Systems into the Monroe family continues the company's proven formula for EAS in the broadcast radio and television markets. The company's headquarters in Lyndonville, N.Y. hosts the mainstay of R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service as the company continues its quest for innovation, maintaining its hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, and service to valued customers around the world.

Monroe Electronics began operations in 1954 designing and manufacturing specialized electrostatic discharge (ESD) instrumentation. In the 1960s Monroe pioneered the development of high-speed cue tone decoders to control a host of devices using a simple audio circuit. Working with HBO in the late 1970s, Monroe developed products for switching at unattended CATV headends that spawned the now $5 billion cable ad insertion business. The company continues to offer a complete line of electrostatic measuring instruments including electrostatic voltmeters, electrostatic fieldmeters, coulomb meters, and resistivity meters through a worldwide group of distributors and representatives.

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