DAS Offers Text-To-Speech EAS Solution

Digital Alert Systems and Monroe Electronics have published an application note explaining how to bring their DASDEC and R189 One-Net integrated EAS/CAP encoder systems into quick compliance with new FCC rules governing the Emergency Alert System. This software fix is the first public solution for this new requirement. Starting April 23, the FCC will prohibit […]


FCC Revamps Emergency Alert System Rules

In its latest effort, the FCC issued a Report and Order earlier this week revising the FCC’s Part 11 EAS Rules to specify the manner in which EAS participants must be able to receive CAP-formatted alert messages, and making other changes to clarify and streamline the Part 11 Rules. All EAS participants are required to be able to receive CAP-formatted EAS alerts no later than June 30, 2012.

Should Web Recognize Emergency Alerts?

In the wake of yesterday’s test of the Emergency Alert System — which had a few hiccups — a new question arises: As viewers consumer more media online, should the streaming video services recognize the Emergency Alert System?

FCC, FEMA Want Help Publicizing EAS Test

The agencies want governors, federal legislators, broadcasters, news networks and other organizations to help spread the word about the Nov. 9 nationwide test.


National EAS Test Raises Interesting Issues

The country’s first nationwide Emergency Alert System test is set for Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. ET. FEMA and the FCC have strongly urged test participants to get advance word of the test out to the public to avoid an Orson Welles War of the Worlds type of panic when the national test is initiated. To that end, FEMA has produced a PSA that EAS participants can use to forewarn the public. An interesting issue that has arisen is whether the spots require sponsorship identification under the FCC’s sponsorship identification rules.


FCC Further Extends EAS CAP Deadline

The FCC today granted a request to extend the deadline for Emergency Alert System participants to implement the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standard. The commission has moved the deadline from Sept. 30 to June 30, 2012. The extension means that the thousands of EAS participants across the country now have additional time to acquire and install the equipment needed to become CAP-compliant.

First National EAS Test Slotted for November

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC will conduct the first national test of the country’s Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. ET. The duration may be up to three-and-a-half minutes.


New EAS System On Its Way … Maybe

The FCC has mandated that stations install new equipment by Sept. 30 to receive the next generation of Emergency Alert System transmissions — CAP or Common Alerting Protocol. But with the FCC still tinkering with the equipment reguirements and many states not on board with the plan, some broadcasters are wondering why the deadline can’t be pushed back.

Hearst TV Chooses DASDEC-II EAS Platform

Digital Alert Systems (DAS), a provider of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS), today announced that Hearst Television has standardized on the DASDEC-II emergency messaging platform with EAS-Net across 29 stations in 26 markets. In addition to satisfying the federal requirement for CAP compliance, the DAS installation lets Hearst integrate a […]

PBS Testing EAS Via Mobile DTV

As a proof-of-concept, PBS will feed Emergency Alert System information to a variety of mobile platforms, including smart phones, computer tablets, laptops, in-car navigation systems and devices that incorporate the required ATSC Mobile DTV receiver chip.

NAB 2011

N.J. Broadcasters Push For Improved EAS

Paul S. Rotella, the state broadcasting group’s CEO, updated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on the “antiquated” state of New Jersey’s Emergency Alert Service. He applauds  the commission’s call for a national test of the EAS, but cautioned that “this national test should be viewed and used as a diagnostic tool only, given the benign neglect some parties have engaged in for decades regarding EAS.”

NAB 2011

PBS Next-Gen EAS Pilot To Use Mobile DTV

Key partners include LG Electronics and its U.S. R&D subsidiary, Zenith, which will develop handheld mobile DTV devices to receive the new alerts and will provide funding for the project.

KUTV Simplifies EAS With Digital Alert Systems

FCC Grants EAS CAP Extension

The FCC on Tuesday extended the CAP deadline for all EAS participants to acquire and install the equipment necessary to use the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standard for EAS alerts.from March 29, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2011.

Return Of The EAS False Alerts