DAS’s Newest Version Of Its EAS Software Arrives


Digital Alert Systems, the emergency communications firm based in the Rochester, N.Y., area, is announcing the availability of Version 4.2 of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) software.

Now supporting the company’s  DASDEC-II or One-Net SE EAS devices, Version 4.2 includes important new features and improvements that expand the security measures already built into the software. 

“In these challenging days, a strong system for alerting and warning the public has never been more essential for broadcasters and cable providers,” said DAS VP/Business Development Bill Robertson. “That’s why we’ve made several key security enhancements in our Version 4 offering.”

It is the second upgrade to Version 4 since its release and adds further communications protocols for EAS-Net, Digital Alert Systems’ communications protocol software. It enables EAS data and audio transmission over a TCP/IP network for up to eight EAS-Net-compatible platforms. In addition, Version 4.2 includes new features that “ease the path for customers to manage the security certificates and key pairs for secure network connections.”

The software now provides several Secure Socket Layer (SSL) HTTPS certificate management functions that allow authorized users to perform several key/certificate pair functions, such as selecting the web server certificate, adding new cert (.crt file) and key (.key file) certificates, selecting different certificates, and deleting a certificate. Users can now load and/or delete their own key/cert pairs for enhanced security.

In addition, Version 4.2 adds separate control toggles that allow users to control digital signatures selectively from various Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) servers, with improved logging between servers to give users more information about the CAP files. The new version also includes communications improvements for users of Digital Alert Systems’ Homogenous Alert Overseer (HALO), a management system for providing enterprisewide command of all EAS devices in a connected organization.