New Study Proves Effectiveness Of FM Alerts
October 12, 2010 at 5:56 PM (PT)
GLOBAL SECURITY SYSTEMS has completed a FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY-funded study conducted by NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP. that confirms the effectiveness of FM radio-based alerts and warnings provided by ALERT FM. ALERT FM is the personal emergency alerting system that uses Radio Broadcast Data Service FM-subcarrier technology to deliver up to 240-character text messages to any electronic device with ALERT FM software and an enabled FM radio receiver chip.
The one-year, real-world study included continuous working demonstration of the ALERT FM system over a three-month period across three locales: a college campus; four counties spread across two states; and a larger region. The structured live demonstrations tested the effectiveness of ALERT FM by activating receivers; adhering to Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) requirements; implementing geo-targeting exercises; and executing an all-clear wrap.
"The demonstrations showed that FM RBDS is a viable communications technology at the state and local emergency manager level for disseminating emergency information," FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Program Manager MARK LUCERO said.
"In any emergency, expanding the availability of FM on a variety of devices will save more lives," NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH said. "The targeted alerting services that utilize the RBDS FM subcarrier technology enhance public safety because of the ubiquitous nature of FM radio."