Monroe Electronics, a provider of electrostatic discharge instrumentation and other electronic solutions, says it is the first common alerting protocol (CAP) and emergency alert systems (EAS) encoder/decoder company to file a “suppliers’ declaration of conformity” (SDC) in compliance with “digital alert system decoder emergency communications” (DASDEC) platform regulations.
Filing the SDC signals the successful completion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “integrated public alert and warning system” (IPAWS) testing for the DASDEC and the One-Net emergency messaging platforms, Monroe says in a written statement. IPAWS is the U.S. government’s integrated warning System managed by FEMA, which encourages emergency management officials, broadcasters, and other EAS equipment users to learn more about the program and to access test reports before making alert and warning system purchases.
The filings follow the successful completion of FEMA’ “conformity assessment” (CA) for IPAWS, which verifies that the DASDEC and One-Net platforms conform to requirements for receiving alerting messages from the FEMA IPAWS system, Monroe says. "This filing marks a milestone for IPAWS, our company, and the overall next-gen EAS endeavor in general," said Ed Czarnecki, Monroe’s senior director of strategy, development, and regulatory affairs. “IPAWS CAP-conformant vendors are finally beginning to be listed on the FEMA RKB website. Our products are the first to be listed for CAP EAS, a significant milestone for FEMA and industry as we close in on the FCC's September deadline for implementation of CAP equipment.” The CAP-EAS deadline is Sept. 30, 2011.
"The DASDEC was the first EAS encoder/decoder to integrate support for CAP, and its evolution reflects our commitment to formulating and implementing standards and processes that ensure readiness for current and future EAS requirements,” said Jim Heminway, Monroe’s general manager. “As the FCC's September deadline approaches, radio and television broadcasters seeking CAP-compatible systems need FCC-certified and IPAWS-conformed solutions. Our DASDEC and One-Net products meets these demands while also providing the interoperability necessary to interface with a broad range of state and local emergency alert CAP networks. The DASDEC alone offers all of these capabilities in a single box, providing broadcasters with a uniquely versatile and robust EAS/CAP solution."
Emergency Alert System Participants to Disseminate CAP Messages
Under the new rules, CAP-formatted EAS alerts will be converted into and processed in the same way as messages formatted in the EAS protocol