UNH Selects Triveni to Deliver EAS

DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire, in cooperation with New Hampshire Public Television, the New Hampshire Department of Public Safety and Triveni Digital has implemented a statewide datacasting service for disseminating public safety information. The system allows the Department of Public Safety to deliver text messaging and rich media content to police vehicles and base stations throughout the state.

"Deploying a statewide public datacasting service for mobile devices is critical to ensuring the safety of New Hampshire citizens," said Brian Shepperd, University of New Hampshire director of broadband services. "By partnering with Triveni Digital, we are now able to deliver secure, reliable, and feature-rich emergency alert information in real time to those who need it most."

The new system builds on the ATSC A/153 mobile DTV standard and employs Triveni Digital’s PSIP metadata generator, DTV content distribution system, PSIP and mobile technologies, to deliver audio, video files, text and graphics. It also supports the Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) and is able to deliver emergency information to a variety of consumer handheld devices. The system is managed and operated by New Hampshire Public Television and the New Hampshire State Police department.

"As one of the first communications providers to rely on the ATSC's new M-EAS specification, UNH is a trailblazer for broadcasting reliable emergency alert information on mobile devices," said Ralph Bachofen, Triveni Digital’s vice president of sales and marketing. "The state-of-the-art installation featuring industry-leading technologies will ensure that the state of New Hampshire is prepared to communicate critical information in a timely manner during natural disasters and emergency situations."

James E. O'Neal

James E. O’Neal has more than 50 years of experience in the broadcast arena, serving for nearly 37 years as a television broadcast engineer and, following his retirement from that field in 2005, moving into journalism as technology editor for TV Technology for almost the next decade. He continues to provide content for this publication, as well as sister publication Radio World, and others.  He authored the chapter on HF shortwave radio for the 11th Edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook, and serves as editor-in-chief of the IEEE’s Broadcast Technology publication, and as associate editor of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. He is a SMPTE Life Fellow, and a Life Member of the IEEE and the SBE.