RGB Networks Unveils Digital Support for EAS

Network video processing provider RGB Networks has introduced a new platform that it says provides the industry's first standards-based, all digital support for the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Through its Simulcast Edge Processor--a digital simulcast edge decoding and NTSC modulation--the system will provide EAS programming switching support based on SCTE 18 standard messages for analog programming line-ups.

The FCC has mandated support for the EAS system for cable systems with more than 10,000 subscribers, providing state and local officials with a method to quickly distribute emergency information targeted to televisions in a specific area.

The SEP can switch some of all programs to a digital EAS encoded program during an emergency alert. The digital EAS feature of the RGB SEP can be configured through its GUI. Other features of the SEP include full redundancy support at the chassis, network and service levels, improving reliability and availability of an operator's digital simulcast architecture.