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Sage ENDEC Blue Alert Release

January 17, 2019

 

This message is from Sage Alerting Systems regarding your Sage Digital ENDEC model 3644. It applies only to users in the United States.

Sage has released a firmware update (89-32) that supports the new Blue Alert (BLU) event code. This is a voluntary alert, you are not required to relay it. You are not required to install this release.

Please read the release notes at https://www.sagealertingsystems.com/release1-1/89-32-release-notes.pdf. For additional details. As described in the release notes, you must be up to date on your firmware to the 89-30 release with the cr-rev4 and si-rev5 certificate updates before installing this release. If you have been receiving CAP alerts from FEMA after October 1, 2018, then you are ready to install 89-32.

The installation process is straightforward, as described in the release notes. If you have previously installed the 2018 releases, you only need to install the 89-32.x file on your ENDEC, and the latest ENDECSetD program on your PC. The release notes also address a check that you will need to perform if you have used the old “new event” option in the settings file.

If you have any questions regarding this update, please email us at support@sagealertingsystems.com or call 914-872-4069 and press 1 for support. If you get voice mail, please leave a message and we will return your call. 

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The EAS Blue Alert Code becomes effective January 18, 2019

In January 2018 the FCC amended its regulations governing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to add a new event code, B-L-U, to allow alert originators to issue an alert whenever a law enforcement officer is injured or killed, missing in connection with his or her official duties, or there is an imminent and credible threat to cause death or serious injury to law enforcement officers.

Delivery of Blue Alerts over EAS will be implemented January 18, 2019.

Sage Endec users: Update firmware will be available next week.
DasDec users: The BLU event code is in the v4.0 software update.
Trilithic/Viavi: includes BLU event code in its v18.10 software update.
Gorman-Redlich: has a update, contact their office for details

As a reminder the BLU event code is in the "voluntary" list, that is, it is not one of the FCC required relay alerts (EAN, NPT, RMT). Stations can elect to relay these alerts or not, with guidance from their state and local EAS plan.

Broadcasters and Cable Operators should watch for information updates from your SECC (State Emergency Communication Committee).

Blue Alerts over WEA takes effect July 18, 2019.

Larry Wilkins CPBE
Director of Engineering Services
Alabama Broadcasters Association

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PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU RELEASES ITS INITIAL FINDINGS REGARDING THE 2018 NATIONWIDE TESTS OF WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS AND THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

This Public Notice provides an initial overview of the 2018 nationwide tests of Wireless
Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) on October 3, 2018. At 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on that day, FEMA sent a WEA test message to WEA-capable wireless devices throughout the entire United States and territories. Immediately following the WEA nationwide end-to-end test, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, FEMA conducted a live test of the EAS. The EAS alert was transmitted in English and Spanish and included both audio and the text of the test message, which can be used to populate an accessible video crawl. All Participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) Providers were required to participate in the WEA portion of the test, while all EAS Participants were required to participate in the EAS portion of the test.

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Forecast: Big Market For Smart Speakers, Other Predictions About 5G, And. . . Radio?

P.J. Bednarski, MediaPost

Deloitte’s annual forecast, out today, doesn’t reach many startling conclusions about the growth of artificial intelligence, smart speakers or 5G technology -- but it takes a relatively deeper view of all the newness around us than most year-end predictions do.

The company’s 18th edition of “Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions" spends time delving into the real technology star for 2019: 5G, which ultimately may change everything about how we traffic in information and images. 

The report agrees with everybody else that 5G technology should take off in 2019, but notes some complications. 

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Senators Press FCC for Action on White Spaces

Say 'unused' TV spectrum is key to closing rural broadband divide
John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable
 
A pair of Republican senators have asked the FCC to resolve interference issues with TV white spaces (TVWS) use by unlicensed devices, come up with final guidance, and allow for the expansion of TVWS use.

They say the technology is key to closing the rural broadband divide because it is an affordable connectivity answer for rural and tribal communities.

That came in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai from Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Ron Johnson (R-Miss.).

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