GSS technology showcased among federal agencies at Chicago conference
For Immediate Release: October 29, 2008
Contact: Amos Snead Amos.Snead@dittus.com, 202-715-1531
WASHINGTON, DC – At the request of the Department of Homeland Security, Global Security Systems (GSS) will demonstrate its ALERT FM first responder technology at the 10th Annual Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness (TCIP) Conference and Exposition on October 30, 2008. TCIP is an annual event sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
ALERT FM can transmit timely alerts and warnings to the public in the event of an emergency by broadcasting emergency messages over the FM public radio network as well as commercial radio stations. This technology can send a single message across multiple platforms to ensure that the American public has accurate information in real time. By utilizing existing FM networks, ALERT FM provides a “best fit” for the nation’s first responders and public alert and warning system.
“We are honored to demonstrate our ALERT FM technology in front of the federal agencies responsible for saving lives during emergencies,” said Robert Adams, CEO of GSS. “Lives are saved when first responders are able to communicate immediately following a disaster or emergency, and ALERT FM technology can enable these communications on existing FM networks. GSS and ALERT FM look forward to continuing to work with DHS, DOD and DOJ to ensure our emergency communications system are cutting edge and lead the industry worldwide.”
All of the products to be demonstrated meet the common alerting protocol (CAP) and can be used by consumers today. Among the ALERT FM products, GSS will exhibit:
· Wall unit – The wall unit has a five-year battery power and does not need to be plugged into any type of electrical outlet. It can display a siren, strobe light, text message or NOAA weather updates;
· USB unit – The USB product plugs in to any computer or laptop, but doesn’t require a WIFI signal. It alerts the user of emergencies via a text message in a pop-up window;
· Home unit – The home unit is an affordable, mobile unit that alerts users of emergencies; and
· Cell phone – the cell phone unit provides emergency text messages to all cell phones with FM transmitters.
GSS’ presentation will be held during the Emergency Alerting, Data Messaging and Emerging Technologies session of the TCIP conference. This panel discussion, sponsored by the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), will focus on the leading-edge technologies that create and disseminate interoperable alerts and warnings by local, tribal, state and federal entities. Following the panel discussion, a live demonstration will highlight interoperable standards, devices, systems and other technologies being developed and deployed in real-world environments that help strengthen capabilities to communicate and share information.
GSS received a request for information regarding their ALERT FM technology earlier this year from The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate seeking information on products/devices in the emergency alert system sector. The scheduled demonstration is a result of this initial request.
GSSNet ALERT FM is currently installed in more than 85 FM stations in seven states (La., Miss., Ala., Ariz., Tenn., Fla. and Va.). The devices currently receive content from broadcasting partners, as well as state and local agencies to ensure wide distribution of NOAA, DHS and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) content including Presidential Alert, Amber Alert and Imminent danger alerts.
For more information about GSS and the ALERT FM technology, please visit www.alertfm.com, www.gssnet.us and www.aen911.com.
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