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Sage Alerting Issues Firmware Update

Company also offers guidance ahead of national EAS test

Sage Alerting Systems has issued two pieces of information for users of Sage Digital ENDEC Model 3644 in the United States.

One is that a signing certificate used by FEMA to validate CAP alerts will expire on Aug. 21, so Sage released a free firmware update for Rev95 that must be installed to permit an ENDEC to continue to receive EAS CAP alerts from FEMA. The CR-Rev6 update can be installed at any time before then.

[Read: National EAS Test Will Focus on Broadcast Chain]

Sage noted that the upcoming national EAS test on Aug. 11 will not use Common Alerting Protocol, so users do not need to install the firmware update by then. But users must already be running the Rev95 release to install this update.

Second, Sage reminded its users that the next National Periodic Test will be sent via the Primary Entry Point network on Aug. 11 at 2:20 p.m. EDT, and it said users should do the following:

1) Check the log to make sure that you are receiving weekly tests from your monitor assignments, and that you have been originating weekly tests and relaying Monthly Tests as required by your license type.

2) Make sure the ENDEC has a filter to receive and relay the NPT. The easiest way to check this is to access the ENDEC with a web browser. From the main page, click the Tools button on the left column, then click the “Verify Req” button. If you see “Your ENDEC will meet the FCC requirements for the National Periodic Test” on the last line, your ENDEC is ready.

Questions about Sage EAS can be emailed to [email protected].