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Gorman: Let’s Be Clear on EAS Certification

There is currently no test procedure required by the FCC to certify any CAP functionality on alerting equipment.
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There are claims that other manufacturers’ EAS units with integrated CAP support are FCC-certified, while standalone CAP-to-EAS converters such as the Gorman-Redlich CAP-DEC1 are not.

I would like to point out that the FCC certification that integrated CAP-EAS units have received is the same certification that equipment referred to as “legacy” EAS equipment (sans integrated CAP support) has received and which will retain certification once coupled to a CAP-to-EAS converter.

Once the FCC revises Part 11 for the upcoming EAS revitalization, all units will have to be recertified as FCC Part 11-compliant to accommodate the changes. There is currently no test procedure required by the FCC to certify any CAP functionality on alerting equipment. FEMA IPAWS is conducting an IPAWS Conformity Assessment program to determine conformity of CAP units to the necessary requirements. Gorman-Redlich is participating in that program with our CAP-DEC1 CAP-to-EAS converter unit.

Jim Gorman
President
Gorman-Redlich Mfg. Co.
Athens, Ohio

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