05.09.2011 01:05 PM
EAS Gear Receives FEMA’s OK
LYNDONVILLE, N.Y.: The Monroe
Electronics Digital Alert Systems division today said its digital emergency
alert platforms have been certified compliant for the new Integrated Public
Alert and Warning System. IPAWS is the federal directive to update the nation’s
emergency warning system to include wireless and broadband platforms.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in charge of implementing IPAWS and
certifying that equipment can handle the new common alerting protocol, or CAP.
TV and radio broadcasters must have CAP-compliant equipment up and functional
by September. The Monroe platforms are the first to show up on FEMA’s Responder
Monroe said it received FEMA’s Suppliers Declaration of Conformity for its
DASDEC and the One-Net emergency messaging platforms. Monroe said its platforms
also are FCC Part 11 and Part 15 certified, “effectively satisfy all the
requirements necessary for EAS participants to meet the FCC’s September
deadline for CAP conformance by broadcasters and cable TV operators
emergency messaging platform is an IP-based, CAP-compatible digital EAS
encoder/decoder with a standard browser-based interface for remote monitoring
and control. New DASDEC-II systems come IPAWS compliant; older units in the
field may be made compliant with a free upgrade, Monroe said. The previous
version of the platform received Radio
World’s 2010 Cool Stuff Award and then started at $2,695. One-Net
is a CAP-capable EAS encoder/decoder for cable and IPTV.
Barry Mishkind is keeping a log of IPAWs progress at his
Broadcasters Desktop Resource website.
~ Deborah D. McAdams