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Salt Lake City's KUTV Deploys DAS’ Emergency Alert Monitoring System

Digital Alert Systems (DAS), developer of emergency alert systems (EAS), and common alerting protocol (CAP), has declared that KUTV is deploying their emergency alert monitoring system along with DASDEC Intelligent Remote (DASDEC-IR) units.

These systems enable KUTV to provide centrally controlled regional warnings for its eight channels distributed across the nation, fulfilling all the FCC demands.

Scott Nielson, Assistant Director of Engineering for KUTV, has stated that DASDEC and DASDEC-IR units have simplified their methods of handling crisis alerts. He mentioned that DASDEC systems have eliminated the requirement of maintaining encoder/decoders at every station and the main DASDEC serves as a host for all channels. He added that since every DASDEC-IR is a completely functional decoder, emergency prompts will be handled precisely even if the linking between the host and the remote unit gets interrupted.

The installed DASDEC encoder-decoder base unit at KUTV is linked to a DASDEC-IR unit at every remote station through an IP network. MultiStation software enables KUTV employees to remotely monitor and operate these units. In addition, without disturbing significant programs, the staff at KUTV headquarters can sort out, forward and arrange suitable regional prompts for broadcasting it on every channel. The linking reporting function of DASDEC-IR issues reports on a regular basis to KUTV, enabling KUTV engineers to assure that FCC and other functional needs comply with every segment.

According to Bill Robertson, Business Development Manager for Digital Alert Systems, DASDEC system offers user-friendly browser-based interface to KUTV stations for effectively monitoring and managing several systems located in different places. He added that DASDEC and DASDEC-IR offer low-cost and reliable remote monitoring solutions for newscasters, enabling them to upgrade their software to cope with future emergency warning requirements.

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