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NAB Sneak Peek: Monroe Electronics Redesigns HALO

EAS management system Version 2.0 adds more control

Monroe Electronics will give NAB Show audiences their first look at a redesigned HALO EAS management tool.

The company says the Version 2.0 “user experience while simplifying both maintenance and troubleshooting.”

HALO Project Manager E. Scott Nix said, “In the past, cable operators and station groups spent a great deal of time and effort training personnel to perform labor-intensive information gathering. HALO addressed this problem by streamlining critical tasks and, in turn, enabling better management of EAS/CAP equipment. Significant enhancements to HALO V2.0 further simplify management and reporting, allowing users to reduce the overall cost and complexity of EAS-related operations.”

Improvements include a new web-based interface and a shift to a unified web-server platform. According to the company, the new web-based interface for HALO allows users to work with their preferred web browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Safari). The central HALO server now runs on a Linux OS (Ubuntu and CentOS 7) using a PostgreSQL database.

Nix added, “We shifted HALO to a Linux-based operating system and open-source database because they reduce overall cost of ownership, and also because many datacenter professionals have greater knowledge and familiarity with these systems and find them easier to manage.” Furthermore, “We also have implemented a web-based user interface that makes HALO access easier than ever — and gives users the benefit of a modern look and feel.”

HALO oversees all encoders/decoders and managing all connected EAS devices within an organizational environment. Authorized users can view the status of all EAS devices connected to HALO, back up configuration files, perform software upgrades, collect EAS alert data, run regular reports on EAS devices and EAS alert data, and alert users to changes throughout the EAS enterprise ecosystem.

NAB Booth: N4813