Alabama Designates The GSS Alert Studio for CAP-EAS Alerts
First Statewide Satellite CAP-EASDelivery to LP1/LP2 FM Stations with Sage Endec
GSSNet Partners with HughesNet to Add Internet Dissemination to its FM Platform
June 15, 2011 –Marking the first statewide Common Alert Protocol (CAP)-compliant rollout in the United States for creating and retrieving emergency alerts, the GSS Alert Studio from Global Security Systems (GSS) has been designated the official origination and retrieval tool for Alabama’s Emergency Alert System (EAS).
“Fast and secure access to shared information is essential for federal, state, and local agencies to prepare for emergencies and to respond in an effective and coordinated manner when disaster strikes,” observed Larry Wilkins, Chairman, Alabama State Emergency Communications Committee(SECC). “That demands the kind of integrated and highly reliable information network architecture that the GSS Alert Studio delivers.”
Once generated in the GSS Alert Studio, the CAP-EAS messages are sent across the GSSNet dedicated satellite network to Sage Endec units in Local Primary 1 and 2 (LP1/LP2) FM radio stations across Alabama. The GSS Alert Studio can create and retrieve alerts in multiple formats -- WAV/MP3 files, live text to speech (including in Spanish), and live recorded messages -- that are disseminated on a national, regional or hyper-local basis to receivers of AM, FM and HD radio signals.
“GSS delivers the CAP-EAS solution that broadcasters need to meet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements,” observed Sharon Tinsley, President of the Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA) and the National Association of State Broadcast Associations (NASBA). “The GSS System is a benefit to Alabama stations and their public service responsibilities.”
In addition to dissemination of alert messages over the GSSNet, the GSS Alert Studio secured web-portal design now allows the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to create and distribute CAP-EAS messages statewide through a dedicated Internet broadband satellite uplink provided by HughesNet.
“Satellite communications solutions from GSSNet with HughesNet provide the vital links when disaster strikes, providing an instant Internet infrastructure when terrestrial communications are damaged, overloaded or completely knocked out," said Tony Bardo, Vice President of Government Solutions,Hughes.
Recently, GSS’s ALERT FM system delivered life-saving emergencyaudio and text alert messages to Alabama residents during the devastating tornadoes that tore across the South. ALERT FM uses FM radio platformand Radio Broadcast Data Service (RBDS) to deliver text alerts up to 240-characters to any electronic device with ALERT FM software and an enabled FM radio receiver chip.
“We are honored that the state of Alabama has selected the GSS Alert Studio with GSSNet and HughesNet dissemination along with ALERT FM as integral elements of its Emergency Alert System,” noted Robert Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, GSS. “We plan to provide this multi-formatted and dependable resource that is always in place and ready for action to other states soon.”
The GSS Alert Studio, the GSSNet FM-based delivery platform, and the ALERT FM audio and text messaging systemprovide a complete end-to-end CAP source, transport, and broadcast dissemination system to cable, television, and radio, as well as wireless devices, including mobile phones.
About Hughes Network Systems
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About Global Security Systems and ALERT FM:
Global Security Systems (GSS) is a systems integrator, service provider, and manufacturer of the ALERT FM and GSSNet satellite delivery system. Global Security Systems has participated in the development of IPAWS-based systems, is a member of the Commercial Mobile Alert Service systems committee, and is actively involved with several EAS and CAP committees. The Global Security Systems nationwide GSSNet satellite delivery system for emergency alerts currently is in operation now at over 300 locations and growing daily. It includes the ability to generate and deliver CAP messages.
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