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Caribbean Islands Deploy Digital Alert System Equipment

DASDEC-II emergency messaging and common alerting protocol help protect communities

This story original appeared on Government Video’s website.

Radio stations in Anguilla, Aruba, Montserrat and Sint Maarten have deployed Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC-II emergency messaging platforms to provide alerts.

These alert systems allow stations to broadcast warnings and instructions in emergencies, and these installations were made possible through a contract awarded by the United Nations Development Project.

“These Caribbean island nations are highly vulnerable to various natural hazards, which can be particularly dangerous for populations, business and infrastructure in low-lying coastal areas,” said Ed Czarnecki, Digital Alert Systems senior director for strategy and regulatory affairs. “Advanced DASDEC-II alert systems significantly increase these nations’ ability to safeguard the public through weather and public-safety alerts and warnings.”

Radio stations in these countries use the DASDEC-II to monitor authorized sources for hazards and to send digital warning messages. When crises arise, messages are transmitted to the DASDEC-II, which then overrides the programming with an alert tone, followed by an automated voice message providing information and instructions.

These installations mark the company’s latest international deployments, and alhough the common alerting protocol (CAP) format being used by Anguilla, Aruba, Montserrat and Sint Maarten differs from the format in the United States and Canada, the DASDEC-II was easily integrated.

The DASDEC is the United States’ first FCC-certified Emergency Alert System (EAS) encoder/decoder capable of receiving and transmitting digital CAP messaging, and it is already widely utilized by TV and radio stations across the U.S.