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Wilkins Talks EAS in Alabama

New system considered reliable, passes early tests

Seems like EAS/CAP is going well in Alabama,

Emergency Management magazine blogger Rick Wimberly recently discussed that state’s new alerting infrastructure.

He talked with Larry Wilkins, Alabama state EAS coordinator. Wilkins said a recently installed system using Global Security Systems had succeeded in two tests.

Wilkins also was happy with the cost and the fact that it was paid for by the Alabama Broadcasters Association.

According to Wimberly, Wilkins said the new system was simpler and more reliable than the older system of daisy-chained units wherein any break in the link rendered downstream units inoperable.

Global Security Systems announced earlier this year that its GSS Alert Studio has been designated the official origination and retrieval tool for Alabama’s Emergency Alert System, creating a statewide Common Alert Protocol-compliant rollout for creating and retrieving emergency alerts.

(Look for a story by Wilkins on Alabama’s new EAS/CAP in the Oct. 19 issue of Radio World.)

New EAS System in Alabama Speeds Alerts

Alabama Has Statewide CAP-Compliant Rollout (June 2011)

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