Many broadcasters recognize that the Emergency Alert System is important but may view their EAS duties and obligations as akin to getting a car inspected — hope everything passes and not worry until the next test.
Digital Alert Systems, an EAS equipment manufacturer, has launched a Web site dedicated to helping ease some EAS compliance mysteries. The site includes acronyms, terms, codes, regulations and a links page.
“In addition to supplying information on the company’s EAS technologies, the new site provides a comprehensive resources page devoted to helping broadcasters be more aware of FCC mandatory regulations, explore ways to increase EAS efficiency while saving financial and staffing resources, and understand the wide range of terms and acronyms commonly used in emergency alert management,” it states.
The company makes the DASDEC platform, a CAP-compatible EAS encoder/decoder.
James F. Heminway, vice president and general manager of Monroe Electronics, which owns Digital Alert Systems, stated: “Broadcasters face a variety of issues in complying with EAS regulations, ranging from understanding the FCC requirements to interfacing with other station equipment, monitoring alerts from other locations and logging and reporting compliance.” He said the new site is intended as a resource to help broadcasters understand all facets of EAS solutions and match technology to their needs.