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Getting Ready For NextGen TV
TV Tech
| June 2021
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—As pandemic-driven restrictions start to ease around the country, U.S. broadcasters are increasing their focus on rolling out ATSC 3.0 (aka NextGen TV).
FEMA Dials up IPAWS Playbook
RADIO WORLD
| April 30, 2021
Collection of online materials to help alert originators successfully design emergency messaging available
 ...  One of those interested in IPAWS developments is Ed Czarnecki, senior director of strategy and government affairs for technology manufacturer Digital Alerting Systems.
Stakeholders Comment on Amendments to EAS
RADIO WORLD
| April 21,2021
Congress is pushing the FCC for better emergency alerting in the United States and a review of public comments on the latest proposed improvements shows most stakeholders are focused on the ability of the system to repeat national alerts from the president or FEMA if necessary.
Digital Alert Systems Adds Single Sign-on
RADIO WORLD
| March 25, 2021
Company announced a “major release” of EAS software
Digital Alert Systems Releases Version 4.3 EAS Software
TV Tech
| March 2021
The latest software version for DASDEC II and One-Net SE offers new single sign-on support
NVISA Introduces VIDS (Visually Integrated Display Symbology) For Emergency Alerts
The Broadcast Bridge | March 3, 2021
The recommended practice offers an impactful new approach to broadcasting alerts using graphical elements.
NVISA’s New VIDS Practice Makes Emergency Alerts Visually Easy to Grasp
TV Tech | February 23, 2021
VIDS uses recognizable graphical elements people can understand regardless of language
FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory
RADIO WORLD
| February 3,2021
What steps can stations take to improve their participation and ensure compliance?
KADO-CD Taps Digital Alert Systems to Add VIDS to KADO-CD EAS
TV Tech
| February 2021
DAS’ DASDEC platform helped station implement NextGen TV service.
Edge Networks Deploys Comark ATSC 3.0 Transmitters for Boise Evoca Rollout
TV Technology
| November 2020
Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark’s CDS division assembled a best-of-breed 3.0 transmission solution
Edge Networks' Evoca goes live with COMARK ATSC 3.0 solution
Digital TV News
| November 4, 2020
Edge Networks Inc. Goes “LIVE” with a full ATSC 3.0 solution from Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark

Digital Alert Systems EAS Software
TV Technology
| November 2020
Emergenct Alert Stsrem (EAS) software v4.2 for DASDEC-II or One-Net SE EAS devices improves clients' operations and overall security stance, making it easier for users to manage the security certificates and key pairs for secure network connections to IPAWS and other interfaces requiring a secure connection.

DAS Releases Upgrade for DASDEC-II and One-Net SE
Radio World |October 28, 2020
Digital Alert Systems recently announced Version 4.2 of its Emergency Alert Systems software for DASDEC-II and One-Net SE devices.
Digital Alert Systems Issues New FEMA IPAWS CA File to Replace Expiring Certificate
The Broadcast Bridge
Digital Alert Systems announce the availability of an important update of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) digital certificates used to authenticate messaging from the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).
Digital Alert Systems Updates EAS Equipment
Radio World |August 13, 2020
Digital Alert Systems has made available an update for the FEMA IPAWS certificate in One-Net and DASDEC units. The current certificate expires in late October. Without the new certificate the units will not function properly within the EAS network after Oct. 28
Digital Alert Systems Updates Expiring IPAWS Certification
TV Technology
| August 2020
LYNDONVILLE, N.Y.—Digital Alert Systems has announced an update to its Federal Emergency Management Agency digital certificates that are used to authenticate messages from the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The company’s previous certificates were set to expire on Oct. 28
NextGen TV Technology Merges News, Alerting
TV Technology
| July 2020
HUNT VALLEY, Md.—Local TV news will become a real-time emergency information portal with the new broadcast technology being deployed in cities across the nation. ATSC 3.0—also referred to as “NextGen”—can automatically target the impact zone of an incident with pre-formatted alerts. This means less revenue lost to service disruptions, more relevance to viewers and more revenue options for broadcasters.
Digital Alert Systems Releases V4.2 EAS Software
Radio World |July 22, 2020
Digital Alert Systems has made available the latest software version, V4.2, of its Emergency Alert System software for its DASDEC-II and One-Net SE EAS devices.
Digital Alert Systems Releases V4.2 of EAS Software
Radio World |June 30, 2020
Digital Alert Systems has made available the latest software version, V4.2, of its Emergency Alert System software for its DASDEC-II and One-Net SE EAS devices.
Digital Alert Systems Offering V4 Price Relief Program
TV News Check |June 4, 2020
Digital Alert Systems, a global provider in emergency communications solutions for media providers, has introduced a new price relief program for its family of Emergency Alert System (EAS) devices. To help ensure that critical emergency communications are as robust and reliable as possible during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Digital Alert Systems has reduced the price of its Version 4 software upgrade for DASDEC-II or One-Net SE EAS devices. The price relief program is valid through June.
Digital Alert Systems Launches Software Assurance Plan
Radio World |May 8, 2020
Digital Alert Systems is now offering a Software Assurance Plan for its line of emergency alert system devices. This plan will allow customers to ensure they are in compliance with current requirements via automatic notifications when new software is available.
Is Your EAS Equipment Secure?
Radio World |April 2, 2020
Off-site operations can increase the risk to your cyber safety, and the Society of Broadcast Engineers wants to help stations protect their equipment, particularly emergency alerting gear. .
Security Issues Concerning Operation of EAS Equipment
The Society of Broadcast Engineers |April 22, 2020
I hope everyone is staying safe and abiding by the guidance concerning COVID-19. With that in mind, most broadcast operations are now being handled off-site, which could create security problems. Hackers know this and can take advantage of these opportunities.
Digital Alert Systems Looks To Improvg Emergency Alerting
The Bridge |April 2, 2020
Digital Alert Systems has teamed up with DigIt Signage Technologies/ChyTV to showcase a new look and feel for visual presentation of emergency alerting information on video displays. Called Visually Integrated Display Symbology (VIDS), the software supports implementation of emergency warning graphic interfaces, including the addition of dynamic elements, providing broadcasters with an easy to understand graphical way of displaying emergency information.
Next Generation TV Provides Expanded Emergency Alerting Possibilities
PILOT |April 2020
The role of TV broadcasters as first informers has never been as compelling as it is during these unprecedented times, highlighting how broadcasters are best positioned to assist local communities during times of crisis. This unprecedented health crisis affects broadcasters in every one of their many roles in their communities.
Using EAS In A Public Health Crisis
The Broadcasters' Desktop Resources |March 2020
[March 2020] Statistics are pointing this to be like a bad flu season, with many wondering what the political (and economic) fallout is going to be in the end. Meanwhile, we are pretty much still “sheltering in place.”
COVID-19 and Emergency Alerting Best Practices
Radio World |March 25, 2020
DAS' Ed Czarnecki shares expertise and insider info to ensure broadcasters are ready to share information about the novel coronavirus.
Digital Alert Systems' New VIDS, DASDEC Gear Coming to 2020 NAB Show
TV Technology |March 2020
LAS VEGASDigital Alert Systems will arrive at the 2020 NAB Show with a handful of new products in tow, plus a couple of programs that are designed to boost customer experience.
Digital Alert Systems New VIDS, DASDEC Gear Coming to 2020 NAB Show
Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance
Digital Alert Systems will arrive at the 2020 NAB Show with a handful of new products in tow, plus a couple of programs that are designed to boost customer experience.
AWARN’s Newest Member: Verance
RADIO + TELEVISION BUSINESS REPORT
|October 29, 2019
Open standard watermarking provider Verance says it is furthering its commitment to advanced emergency alerting by becoming one of the newest members of the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) Alliance.
Digital Alert Systems getting a new COO
Broadband Technology Report
|September 10, 2019
Digital Alert Systems (formerly Monroe Electronics) announced that Jim Heminway, the company's general manager, vice president, and chief operating officer, will formally retire ...
Digital Alert Systems' Jim Heminway to Retire, Handing COO Reins Over to Company CFO Anne Wakeman
Multichannel NEWS
|September 10, 2019
LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. — Sept. 10, 2019 Digital Alert Systems (formerly Monroe Electronics), the global leader in emergency communications solutions for video services providers, today announced that Jim Heminway, Digital Alert Systems' general manager, vice president, and chief operating officer, will formally retire at the end of this year. Anne L. Wakeman, the company's chief financial officer, began taking on COO responsibilities late last year and has been transitioning into the new role with guidance from Heminway.
Digital Alert Systems Moves Ahead With COO Transition
RADIO+TELEVISION BUSINESS REPORT
|September 10, 2019
Emergency communications systems manufacturer Digital Alert Systems(formerly known as Monroe Electronics), is preparing to say goodbye to its VP/GM and Chief Operating Officer.
Digital Alert Systems National Periodic Test Readiness For DASDEC Users
TV Technology | July 2019
LYNDONVILLE, N.Y.—Digital Alert Systems last week reached out to users of its DASDEC EAS encoder-decoder to assure them that units using v3.0x or v.4.0 DASDEC software require no action to accommodate an update to IPAWS Transport Layer Security (TLS).
Digital Alert Systems Releases Guide for National EAS Test
TV Technology | July 10, 2019
LYNDONVILLE, N.Y.—There is less than a month before the mandatory, nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, and Digital Alert Systems is aiming to help its customers with a free online preparation document.
Digital Alert Systems Releases Guide for National EAS Test
Radio World | July 2019
There is less than a month before the mandatory, nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, and Digital Alert Systems is aiming to help its customers with a free online preparation document.
Monroe Electronics Releases Completely Redesigns HALO Version 2.0
Broadcasting and Cable | February 12, 2019
Monroe Electronics today announced the release of HALO Version 2.0. HALO is a first-of-a-kind enterprise-grade Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) management solution capable of overseeing all encoders/decoders and managing all connected EAS devices within an organization. The HALO V2.0 release boasts a complete redesign that improves the user experience while simplifying both maintenance and troubleshooting.
Monroe redesigns EAS management solution
Broadband Technology Report | February 12, 2019
Monroe Electronics has released Version 2.0 of its HALO Emergency Alert System (EAS) management solution, designed to oversee all encoders/decoders and manage all connected EAS devices within an organization. The V2.0 release features a complete redesign to improve the user experience and simplify both maintenance and troubleshooting.
What Someone You Should Know: Dr. Edward Czarnecki Monroe Electronics
ATSC News Letter | April 2018

Dr. Ed Czarnecki leads strategy and government affairs for ATSC member Monroe Electronics, which develops innovative broadcast solutions for emergency communications. For the last 15 years, Czarnecki has been deeply involved in ATSC-related public warning initiatives including FEMA’s Digital Emergency Alert pilot project that leveraged ATSC 1.0 data broadcast capabilities and, more recently, Ohio’s deployment of an ATSC 1.0 EAS data broadcast network.

What Stations Need to Know About the Latest Blue Alert Deadline
Radio World | January 31, 2018
The countdown toward implementation of Blue Alerts has begun.
EAS device manufacturers now have 12 months to make it possible for Blue Alerts — characterized by the three-character BLU code — to be delivered over the nation’s Emergency Alert System. It was in December that the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report and Order that required EAS devices to have the capability to transmit the newly adopted Blue Alert code, which can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement.

Monroe Electronics Debuts Halo for EAS Device Management
TV Technology | October 10, 2017
LYNDONVILLE, N.Y.—Monroe Electronics has a Halo with its new Emergency Alert Systems management system that can oversee all encoders/decoders and facilitate command of all connected EAS devices within an organization. The Halo platform combines EAS operations and compliance under one umbrella for unified configuration, EAS log reporting and error/alarm monitoring.

National EAS Test Results Look Positive, But There Are Issues
TV Technology | September 28, 2017
WASHINGTONAnecdotal evidence points to general success of yesterday’s national EAS system test, according to broadcasters and a major EAS equipment vendor. However, despite the test’s overall success, a nagging known problem stemming from FCC rules that require no delay in the turnaround and transmission of EAS messages persists.
National EAS Test Deploys; Early Reactions
Radio World | September 27, 2017
A big thumbs up, so far.
EAS Box Makers Weigh in on Blue Alerts
Radio World | August 4, 2017
Two prominent EAS equipment manufacturers weighed in with separate comments about the FCC proposal to add a Blue Alert code to EAS.
Broadcasters, FCC At Odds Over Blue Alert in EAS.
INSIDE RADIO| August 2, 2017
Support for law enforcement may run deep among broadcasters, but a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission for, in some cases, using the Emergency Alert System to warn officers of impending danger is getting a lukewarm response from the industry.
Monroe Electronics' Edward Czarnecki Appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council IPAWS Subcommittee
Radio World | July 24, 2017
Monroe Electronics, a leading provider of emergency information solutions for cable, IPTV, broadcast, government, and university users, today announced that Senior Director for Strategic and Government Affairs Edward Czarnecki has been appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee. As a subcommittee member, Czarnecki will serve as a special government employee providing expertise on a wide range of emergency information capabilities.
Edward Czarnecki Appointed To IPAWS Subcommittee
TV News Check | July 21, 2017
Edward Czarnecki, senior director for strategic and government affairs at Monroe Electronics has been appointed to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council IPAWS subcommittee, the company announced.

Monroe Electronics' Edward Czarnecki Appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council IPAWS Subcommittee
Broadcasting & Cable | July 21, 2017
LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. -- July 20, 2017 -- Monroe Electronics, a leading provider of emergency information solutions for cable, IPTV, broadcast, government, and university users, today announced that Senior Director for Strategic and Government Affairs Edward Czarnecki has been appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee. As a subcommittee member, Czarnecki will serve as a special government employee providing expertise on a wide range of emergency information capabilities

AtSC 3.0: A New Valve Added Approach for Emergency Information
TV Technology | July 5, 2017
The ATSC 3.0 (aka ”Next Gen TV”) standard holds the potential to not only vastly improve the television viewing experience and expand programming opportunities, but also enhance emergency communications capabilities and create new operational capabilities for stations. Advanced Emergency Alerting is one such capability that is very much in the best interest of broadcasters, their audiences, and emergency managers.
Monroe Electronics Upgrades, Rebrands Custom Messaging Software
TV Technology | June 13, 2017
LYNDONVILLE, N.Y.—Emergency communications system and video services providers Monroe Electronics and its Digital Alert Systems subsidiary are changing up its Custom Message Plus software. A rebrand to Custom Message Pro and an upgrade that features a new interface have been officially announced
How Will the Trump FCC Handle Alerting Issues?
TV Technology | January 25, 2017
WASHINGTON—How will the change in administrations affect the world of emergency alerting as it involves broadcasters? Radio World’s Paul McLane asked one close observer, Ed Czarnecki, senior director of strategy and government affairs at EAS equipment manufacturer Monroe Electronics and Digital Alert Systems
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How Will the Trump FCC Handle Alerting Issues?
RADIO WORLD | January 24, 2017
How will the change in administrations affect the world of emergency alerting as it involves broadcasters? We asked one close observer, Ed Czarnecki, senior director, strategy and government affairs, at EAS equipment manufacturer Monroe Electronics and Digital Alert Systems.
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SBE Introduces EAS Advisory Group
RADIO WORLD | January 19, 2017
Emergency alerting is a crucial and fast-evolving part of the world of broadcasting; now engineers have another resource to help them sort it all out.
Monroe / DAS Plans Triggered CAP Polling
RADIO WORLD | January 13, 2017
At issue is how to ensure that the "most timely and content-rich version of an alert" reaches the public.
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Stations Prep For National EAS Test
TV Technology| September 8, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO—If ever the broadcast industry was poised and ready for a test, it seems to be this one. On Sept. 28 at 2:20 pm EDT, EAS broadcast participants will participate in a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. Set up by the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the test is designed to analyze the reliability and effectiveness of the nation’s EAS warning system. The emphasis will be on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System gateway—aka IPAWS—which is the way that common alerting protocol-based EAS alerts are disseminated.
Unusual Extension Highlights Scope of EAS Changes
RADIO WORLD | May 23, 2016
Why did the FCC extend the deadline for the public to comment about changes to the Emergency Alert System in the United States?
New EAS Event Codes Proposed
TV Technology| July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON - The National Weather Service wants three new event codes added to the Emergency Alert System. The NWS asked the Federal Communications Commission to add codes for extreme wind and storm surges, plus a revision on the territorial location codes for two offshore marine areas. The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the request July 10.
Cyber Threats Have Broadcasters Hacked Off
TV News Check| June 23, 2015
While politically motivated hacks such as the ones that may have disrupted France’sTV5Monde and WBOC Salisbury, Md., are scary, they aren't likely to be typical. Stations and networks are more likely to be hit by garden variety malware and malicious code intrusions because where there is IP, there is vulnerability. An area of particular security concern to broadcasters is the nation’s Emergency Alert System, which is increasingly dependent on networked and IP-based services.
Monroe Electronics Encoder/Decoder
TV Technology - Equipment Review | April 2, 2014
In managing a broadcast facility, many things have changed during the past few years. The one thing however, that has not is the importance of complying with the FCC's growing rules and regulations.

EAS Q&A Secure EAS Codecs Prevent Zombie Attacks with Barry Mishkind and Ed Czarnecki
The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource | June 2013
As of June 11th it will have been four months since the "Zombie EAS Alert." Perhaps you are wondering the status of the investigation and what has been done to prevent a re-occurrence.
We asked Ed Czarnecki from Monroe Electron-ics about what is known and what has been done.

TOP SHELF: INTERVIEW Jim Heminway's Way
Broadband Library | Spring 2013
Monroe’s COO suggests you keep your elephants calm and shares
his formula for people/product/service success.

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Monroe partners with Campus Televideo to provide EAS Solutions.
University Business Magazine | November 29, 2012
Campus Televideo’s cable TV comb and crawl emergency alert system (EAS) interrupts all television programming with text and audio messaging or displays text messages as an overlay to the channel picture along with audio.

The Next Generationof EAS, Staying on Top of the Game.
Broadband Library | Fall 2012
Since 1997, cable TV's involvement in the Emergency Alert System (EAS) has revolved around government mandated EAS equipment that - once installed - was
by-and-large left alone save for periodic checks and collecting log data for FCC reporting. All this has changed.

WhenYou Think EAS-CAP, Also Think Security
Broadband Technology Report | June 20, 2012
The EAS-CAP rules that become effective at the end of June use the public Internet to link the IPAWS servers to EAS receivers. That means that special care must be taken. Experts suggest a multilayered defense-in-depth strategy. Proxy servers and firewalls are key elements of this approach. Watch the video to find out more!

Suppliers Ask FCC to Rethink Text-to-Speech Decision
adio World | March 13, 2012

A group of suppliers of EAS-CAP gear and services is asking the FCC to reconsider a Secision it made in its recent EAS report and order.

Signing were Sage Alerting Systems, iBiquity Digital, TFT, Monroe Electronics/Digital Alert Systems, Alerting Solutions Inc., MyStateUSA, Communications Laboratories Inc. (Comlabs) and Warning Systems Inc.

These are members of the EAS-CAP Industry Group, or ECIG. They are concerned about the FCC’s prohibition of text-to-speech on CAP receiving equipment, as well as details of CAP-EAS equipment certification requirements. The companies said their comments “represent a consensus on these key issues, taken from very diverse range of perspectives.”

EAS Test Offers Many Lessons
Radio World | December 1, 2011
Czarnecki: Let's All Pull Ourselves Together to Identify and Fix the Issues
Some people threw around the word "diaster" to describe November's national EAS test. That is wrong. The problems that occurred served a significant purpose: to point up flaws in a system so that it will work when it must.

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