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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.
Monroe/DAS Upgrade Software
Radio | December 7, 2018
Monroe Electronics and its Digital Alert Systems stablemate have announced a major whole number software upgrade for its DASDEC-II and Monroe One-Net SE products
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
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.
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.
How it Lookrd at FEMA: A Successful National Test
RADIO WORLD | September 28, 2016

The first national test of the emergency alert system in five years — and the first ever using the IPAWS infrastructure as an overlay on EAS — has been deemed a success based on initial feedback from the field.
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 Things Happening --- 2015 in Alerting Reviewed
Emergency Management| December 28, 2015

New alerting channels, new approaches to Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), new owners and a new call-to-action were among the top alerting stories of 2015. That’s a lot of new for an industry born 60 years ago.

Multilingual Alerts Tested
Emergency Management| November 22, 2015

FEMA has activated its first multilingual Emergency Alert System tests through a pilot with Monroe Electronics and broadcast stations in six 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.
iHeart to Pay $1 Million to Resolve EAS Case
TV Technology| May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON—Radio broadcaster iHeartCommunications will pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve an FCC investigation into misuse of EAS tones. iHeart’s WSIX-FM in Nashville aired a false emergency alert during the broadcast of the nationally syndicated program, “The Bobby Bones Show,” back in October 2014. Airing real EAS tones for anything other than an emergency is prohibited because the commission doesn’t want the public to hear the tones so often they ignore them.
This Is Not a Test
Broadband Library | Spring 2015

Monroe execs analyze today's technical impacts and the future potentials of EAS with Midcontient's corporate engineering manager.
Emergency Alert System's Complex Vulnerability Issues
Emergency Management | December 9, 2014

In comments to the FCC, broadcasters say addressing the fake EAS alert hurt and fixing the problem is complex.
Industry, Manufacturers Make EAS Suggestions
RADIO WORLD | June 19, 2014

Broadcasters, equipment manufacturers and other experts have made suggestions to the FCC about improving operational issues and security for EAS.
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.
Blonder Tongue, Monroe Team on Campus EAS
Broadband Technology Report | February 7, 2014

Blonder Tongue Laboratories (NYSE:BDR) and Monroe Electronics have teamed up to create an emergency alert information and distribution platform for the campus environment – whether it be university, government, enterprise, retail or stadium – without requiring a set-top box.

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.

Monroe Suports Canada's alert system
CED | March 14, 2013

Monroe Electronics’ Digital Alert Systems subsidiary said its products now fully support Canada’s emergency alert protocol.

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.
Hurricane Sandy and EAS-CAP
Broadband Technology Report | November 21, 2012

Cable operators and others have labored for years to comply with rules extending the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to include the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). CAP is a structure for integrating messages from a wide number of sources and sending them in a data format that makes them usable on the networks commonly used today. The impetus was to avoid the kind of confusion that exacerbated the confusion surrounding Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The deadline for compliance was June 30.

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!

The SDOC and the Road to EAS CAP Compliance
Broadband Technology Report | May 10, 2012

The long road to EAS CAP compliance is in its final weeks. On June 30, cable operators must have equipment that follows the new rules.
Suppliers Ask FCC to Rethink Text-to-Speech Decision
Radio World | March 13, 2012

A group of suppliers of EAS-CAP gear and services is asking the FCC to reconsider a decision 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.”

GCI and the EAS CAP Deadline
Broadband Technical Report | February 15, 2012

Alaska’s cold temperatures, ferocious storms, long winters and wide open spaces create a landscape in which dissemination of emergency information is taken very seriously. EAS CAP can be a matter of life and death anywhere. It can be so more often in Alaska

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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