Digital Alert Systems Upgrades DASDEC Platforms To Simplify Set Up

Digital Alert Systems (DAS) will soon release a major software upgrade (version 3.0) to its DASDEC platforms that help users ensure advanced EAS and Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) messaging compliance with new FCC rules that become mandatory in July.

Digital Alert Systems' version 3.0 software features a variety of functional and operational improvements, including Alert Agent, an enhanced and powerful way to selectively process alert messages from a variety of sources to reduce compliance complexity. Alert Agent streamlines the way alerts are set up and configured, eliminating an intricate series of menus in favor of a simple, easier-to-use interface. The tool consolidates many settings under simple Alert Nodes, which provide powerful controls for selective message-handling for each source, event, and originator — enabling more selectivity than basic incoming-alert filters to cover all possible alert scenarios.

An unlimited number of Alert Nodes define specific actions based on event parameters and use a simple visual stacking order. While other systems require a separate program to create and edit their filters, Alert Nodes are managed directly within the browser. Once configured, the system can be operated in a very familiar fashion.

With Alert Agent, facilities can better manage and control actions of the EAS system, including how to react to very specific conditions. This specificity can significantly improve workflow by allowing certain alerts to forward automatically while holding others back for added scrutiny. For example, when monitoring the National Weather Service for important weather information, users can stipulate that a tornado warning should hit the air immediately rather than having to be sent to an operator for review or being delayed for playout. Meanwhile, different properties can be assigned to other alerts and executed in a user-defined order.

In addition to Alert Agent, version 3.0 supports Triveni Digital's SkyScraper for data integration, while optional PureCAP and OmniLingual alert modules expand the system’s range of languages and capabilities. Other new features include a new integrated lexicon editor that allows users with any premium text-to-speech voice module to directly edit the lexicon. Such users can listen to and adjust various words, sounds, and playback parameters — and even share the changes with other DASDEC users.

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