The two companies reiterate their products' capability to be ready for use with the new CAP requirements.
Once the decision is made, many broadcasters are concerned with the now legendary 180-day clock that will begin counting down.
Now that FEMA has adopted CAP, the 180-day clock for broadcasters to receive CAP messages has begun.
The Inovonics model 730 RDS encoder now supports the Sage Digital Endec, so when an EAS or Common Alerting Protocol message is sent it is automatically forwarded to all RDS receivers in the stations' network.
Emergency messaging platform
The Sage Digital Endec, the GSSNet satellite delivery network, and CAP origination tools provide a complete end-to-end CAP source, transport, and broadcast dissemination system.
As radio waits for the trigger to be pulled, rumors and misconceptions abound about how CAP implementation will work.
Intelligent Remote package
Digital EAS encoder/decoder
The upgrade will be available to Dasdec-I and Dasdec-II customers when the final FEMA/FCC CAP requirements are announced.
The pairing of the two systems is designed to streamline operations, prevent emergency alert step-on insertion over advertiser material and produce a more polished and sophisticated on-air product.
The guide is intended to further reduce areas of uncertainty in how an alert will be presented to the public via CAP-EAS.
All-in-all, the changes from the legacy Endec to the Digital Endec are most welcomed. Given the advent of the Internet, the internal Web server makes managing EAS a snap.
The technology provides continuous monitoring regardless of the device being turned on or off.
The ECIG seeks comments during a two-week window.
As broadcasters remain on the front lines of providing emergency information to their audiences, it is exciting for stations to be a part of the existing EAS, as well as new initiatives designed to provide a more comprehensive solution for emergency communication.
At the end of the 180-day period when all EAS Participants must have CAP equipment installed, FEMA will have the capability to provide CAP alerts to all broadcasters and cable operators.
Under the proposed rules, all EAS participants will have to tell the FCC whether they received the test, whether they retransmitted it, and if there was a problem, exactly what that was.
An additional two weeks have been granted to file comments and reply comments on EB Docket No. 04-296.
The updated site provides resources for EAS management.
The FCC, FEMA, the NWS and the EOP have begun planning for a national EAS test, with subsequent tests to occur thereafter.
The test will be sent Jan. 6, 2010, at 10 a.m. Alaska Time.
While important, EAS can be tricky. The EASyCAST encoder/decoder from Trilithic has taken away most if not all of the potential EAS headaches.