DAS, RCS partner to improve EAS insertion (audio)

Bill Robertson:

Monroe Electronics’ Digital Alert Systems, which manufactures Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS), announced a new technology partnership with RCS that will improve EAS event processing. How? When the DASDEC receives an EAS alert, it uses this link to pass the appropriate info to the RCS system, which in turn examines the active playlist, finds the next logical break, and seamlessly inserts the EAS event audio – eliminating any playout constraints over multiple channels.

Digital Alert Systems Business Development Manager Bill Robertson told RBR-TVBR all about it. Listen to the audio, above.

The overall tighter integration of the DASDEC™ emergency messaging platform with RCS NexGen Digital radio automation software allows broadcasters to minimize disruption to on-air programming during automatic insertion of EAS events.

The RCS-DAS interface communicates EAS info between the NexGen Digital automation and the DASDEC over an IP network using Digital Alert Systems’ exclusive EAS-Net™ communications protocol.

“We’re always striving to make it easier for broadcasters to provide emergency messaging to listeners and to reduce the cost and complexity of performing this service,” said Bill Robertson, business development manager at DAS. “While we’re been working hard to remain a leader in meeting new standards, we’re also leading through partnerships that tie our DASDEC’s into leading solutions, such as NexGen Digital. With the RSC-DAS interface radio broadcasters can benefit even more broadly from implementing both of our industry-leading solutions.”

The DASDEC-II represents the latest generation of flexible emergency messaging technology. The system was the first acknowledged FCC-certified EAS encoder/decoder capable of receiving CAP messaging and the first CAP alert origination solution to successfully complete FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) conformance testing under the consumer and producer designation.