11.05.2004 08:00 AM
APTS, Homeland Security Department launch digital EAS test

The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have launched a six-month pilot Digital Emergency Alert System (DEAS) program in Washington, D.C. The test is intended to show how Homeland Security can improve public alert and warning during national crises via the DTV signals of local public television broadcasters.

The pilot program is a joint venture among FEMA, Homeland Security’s Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection directorate, and the APTS. PBS, WETA in Arlington, VA, and professional services firm SpectraRep will also assist.

The technology infrastructure to expand this approach nationwide exists at 291 digital public television stations across the country. In the home, set-top boxes, special datacast receiver cards and new DTV sets can retrieve the warnings for display.

One objective of the pilot program is to investigate how to interface such data with phone, cellular, cable and other networks to reach the largest number of people.

For more information, visit www.apts.org.

Back to the top




Comments
Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found




Thursday 10:05 AM
NAB Requests Expedited Review of Spectrum Auction Lawsuit
“Broadcasters assigned to new channels following the auction could be forced to accept reductions in their coverage area and population served, with no practical remedy.” ~NAB

Wall Street Communications /   Friday 06:54 PM
ChyronHego Products at Content and Communications World (CCW):
Sue Sillitoe, White Noise PR /   Friday 05:52 AM
Visual Unity Shows vuMedia™ at NAT Expo 2014 and Inter BEE 2014

 
Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology