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DAS-RCS for Smooth EAS Transition
Radio World | November 6, 2012

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — For many years radio stations simply used an EAS box to put out EAS messaging. A severe weather warning or test message would come in, the box would take control of the broadcast and play out the message, and then the station would resume its regular broadcast.

The alert or test often cut off songs or cut into commercials, and the result was, at best, a clunky broadcast that might disrupt the listener experience. At worst, however, this abrupt interruption of spot blocks and paid messages could be alarming, even when the EAS message itself was not.

Now the integration of that EAS box — the DASDEC from Digital Alert Systems — with RCS NexGen Digital radio automation software is allowing stations such as ours to maintain broadcasts with a much more natural flow, even when there is a need to play out EAS messages.

EAS-CAP Rules Now in Place
TV Technology | July 11, 2012

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communication Commission’s deadline for broadcasters and cable systems to comply with the commission’s new Emergency Alert System (EAS) Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) open source code came and went on Saturday, June 30.

Radio Confronts EAS Hardware Backlog at Deadline
Radio World | June 20, 2012

Paul McLane is editor in chief of the U.S. edition of Radio World.

You did order your CAP-compliant EAS gear with plenty of lead time to meet the looming deadline, didn’t you?

Digital Alert Systems and Monroe Electronics Are First to Provide Solution for New FCC Requirement
Broadcast Buyers Guide

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. — May 16, 2012 — Digital Alert Systems, LLC and Monroe Electronics today announced that they have logged an industry milestone by receiving the first FCC approval for certified next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Emergency Alert System (EAS) alerting equipment. The FCC has certified that the DASDEC-II and R189 One-Net series of EAS equipment complies with the FCC's updated Part 11 regulations governing EAS.

Signal Processing at the 2012 NAB Show
TV Technology | May 30, 2012

When it comes to high-end technology, this year’s NAB Show was packed with it. Encoders are faster and more cost-effective, processing operations are being done in “the cloud,” multiviewers are the norm now, and the captioning bar has been raised. Here’s a look at what’s new.

FEMA's IPAWS DEADLINE QUICKLY APPROACHING
Broadcast Engineering| May 21, 2012

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), developed under the FCC and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is set to become law on June 30, 2012. Broadcast television stations, radio, and cable television systems need to make sure their Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) equipment supports the next-generation Emergency Alert System (EAS), which includes audio, video and text messages sent to TV, radio and cell phones, or risk getting fined for non-compliance.

Digital Alert Systems and Monroe Electronics Are First to Provide Solution for New FCC Requirement
Thomas Net News | May 18, 2012

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. - Digital Alert Systems and Monroe Electronics today announced that they have logged an industry milestone by receiving the first FCC approval for certified next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Emergency Alert System (EAS) alerting equipment. The FCC has certified that the DASDEC-II and R189 One-Net series of EAS equipment complies with the FCC's updated Part 11 regulations governing EAS.

Digital Alert Systems Gear Gets FCC OK
TV Technology | May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON: Digital Alert Systems says it received FCC approval for certified next-generation Common Alerting Protocol Emergency Alert System alerting equipment. It says it was the first manufacturer to receive that approval.

DAS Unveils Emergency Alert Receiver, Transmitter
Government Video | April 27, 2012

Digital Alert Systems’ unveils its Emergency Operations Center device that enables broadcasters to meet a new rule requiring they collect common alert protocol (CAP) alerts and distribute them to emergency alert system (EAS) participants via an EAS CAP feed.
Digital Alert Systems - 2012 NAB Show Product Preview
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Digital Alert Systems & Monroe Electronics VP to Address EAS Technical Regulatory Issues at 2012 NAB
Broad Cast Buyers Guide | April 2012

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. — April 3, 2012 — Bill Robertson, vice president of business development for Digital Alert Systems, LLC and Monroe Electronics, will serve as a panelist for the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC) session titled "Technical Regulatory Issues for Engineers." Robertson will join other Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) manufacturers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, for a panel discussion in Room S224 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

EAS Community Warns FCC on TTS
Radio World | April 11, 2012

Manufactures, FEMA Urge Commission Not to Forbid 'Text-to-Speech'.

Digital Alert Systems NoNOISE-PS
Radio | April 2, 2012

This professional-grade no-noise power supply option for the Dasdec-I and Dasdec-II emergency alert systems (EAS) is ideal for Dasdec units housed and accessed in quiet environments.

Spotlight on New EAS at NAB Show
Radio World | April 6, 2012

EAS moves further into a new era this year, as the FCC Fifth Report and Order adopting new EAS rules takes effect. A series of panels on the Wednesday morning of the NAB Show will discuss the state of EAS and CAP. A return engagement from last year’s show features most of the manufacturers’ representatives of EAS equipment.

Czarnecki: June 30 EAS-CAP Deadline Likely to Hold
Radio World | April 6, 2012

Stations, engineers and government emergency personnel are working out the practicalities of the migration to advanced EAS. Specifically, the June 30 deadline is approaching for broadcasters to have Common Alerting Protocol-compliant EAS gear installed and in working order at their stations.

Spotlight on New EAS at NAB Show
Radio World | March 28, 2012

Server Access, Text to Speech Are Among Broadcasters Concerns

Ferderal Advisory Committee Urges FCC to Rethink Portion of CAP-EAS Rule.
Radio World | March 23, 2012

With the June 30 deadline approaching for broadcasters to have Common Alerting Protocol-compliant EAS gear installed and in working order at their stations, the industry and government turn their attention to the practical mechanics of that migration.

A subgroup of a federal advisory committee making best practices recommendations to the FCC about migration to CAP-EAS met yesterday and has focused on two core areas they think need commission attention. Edward Czarnecki of Monroe Electronics co-chairs “working group 9” of the Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council, along with Chris Homer of DirecTV.

Digital Alert Systems to releases NoNOISE-PS
Broadcast Engineering | March 16, 2012

Digital Alert Systems has released the NoNOISE-PS, a professional-grade no-noise power supply option for the company's DASDEC-I and DASDEC-II emergency alert systems (EAS). Ideal for DASDEC units housed and accessed in quiet environments, the new power supply offers new and existing DASDEC users a simple, cost-effective way to ensure noiseless operation

EAS - CAP - IPAWS - FEMA - and The 455 Day Clock
The date for the installation of the new CAP/EAS boxes was moved to June 2012
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The Broadcasters' Decktop Resource | March 2012

[3/14/12] There were several meetings earlier this week with folks from NASBA, the BWWG, the FCC, and the FEMA regarding EAS implementation. Some of the key information:

  • The FCC does not see another extension of the EAS/CAP clock, current due to expire on June 30th.
  • The FCC said the 5th Report and Order should be printed in the Federal Register within the next week.
  • The FEMA has filed a petition for reconsideration with the FCC regarding the text-to-speech issue, where the FCC has currently prohibited use of that feature of CAP decoders.
  • The ECIG (EAS CAP Industry Group) also filed comments related to the text-to-speech issue and the "streamlined" certification process.
  • A new code, NPT, will be adopted for national EAS tests.
  • NOAA will begin a CAP feed sometime in April.
  • The FCC still has not finished its study of the November National EAS Test. Some stations still have never sent in their reports.

Option Puts the Hush on DASDEC
Radio World | March 14, 2012

Digital Alert Systems is dampening the issue of fan hum with a new option for its DASDEC-I and DASDEC-II emergency alert systems.

NoNoise-PS is described as a professional-grade no-noise power supply option for units in quiet environments such as radio studios.

Suppliers Ask FCC to Rethink Text-to-Speech Decision
Radio World | March 13, 2012

A group of suppliers of EAS-CAP gear and services is asking the FCC to reconsider a decision it made in its recent EAS report and order.

Signing were Sage Alerting Systems, iBiquity Digital, TFT, Monroe Electronics/Digital Alert Systems, Alerting Solutions Inc., MyStateUSA, Communications Laboratories Inc. (Comlabs) and Warning Systems Inc.

These are members of the EAS-CAP Industry Group, or ECIG. They are concerned about the FCC’s prohibition of text-to-speech on CAP receiving equipment, as well as details of CAP-EAS equipment certification requirements. The companies said their comments “represent a consensus on these key issues, taken from very diverse range of perspectives.”

Digital Alert Systems to showcase next-generation EAS, CAP solutions
Broadcast Engineering | March 2012

The company will showcase its DASDEC series of integrated EAS/CAP devices, which have been upgraded with new features, including expanded filtering options and an improved user interface that streamlines setup and operation.
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