Monroe Electronics Unveils Alert System Designed for Canadian Broadcasters

The solution offers English and French-Canadian text-to-speech capabilities
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Monroe Electronics, of Lyndonville, N.Y., and its Digital Alert Systems subsidiary say their DASDEC emergency messaging platform and R189 One-Net Emergency Alert Systems encoder/decoder systems meet the requirements of Canada’s National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination system.

Those products offer full support for Canada’s unique Common Alerting Protocol messaging profile known as CAP-CP, incorporating robust multilingual messaging with English and French-Canadian text-to-speech capabilities, the companies say. In addition to the CAP EAS platforms also provide advanced functionality for CAP alert processing by Canadian cable and Internet protocol television systems, the firms say.

Among the features offered by the DASDEC and One-Net Emergency Alert Systems is that users can opt to distribute alerts in English, French, or both languages, with on-screen display of text accompanied by high-quality synthetic speech for each dialect, the companies say.
“Our products are the first to offer multiple ‘voices’ for text-to-speech generation in both English and French-Canadian,” says Jim Heminway, Monroe’s chief operating officer. “Equipped with the most comprehensive solution available for sending alerts to Canada’s broadcast and cable TV viewers, our broadcast and cable customers can provide geographically and linguistically targeted emergency alerts to help safeguard lives and property,” he says.
The CAP-CP module also allows users to interface with a range of downstream media systems that do not accept Canadian-format geographical information or alerting codes, according to the companies. That is “a critical feature for cable and IPTV operators desiring to monitor the Pelmorex-operated NAAD system,” because without those interfaces, many Canadian cable systems would not be able to air these public safety alerts properly, the firms say.

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