Radio's Use Of ALERT FM Saved Lives In Alabama
May 10, 2011 at 4:00 AM (PT)
GLOBAL SECURITY SYSTEMS division ALERT FM. which uses the FM radio platform to deliver emergency alert text messages, undoubtedly helped save hundreds of lives during the devastating tornados that ripped across the SOUTH last month. The ALERT FM system is deployed in 18 counties in ALABAMA, using the Radio Broadcast Data Service (RBDS) FM-subcarrier technology to deliver text alerts up to 240-characters to any electronic device with ALERT FM software and an enabled FM radio receiver chip.
"With an FM receiver chip in every fixed and mobile device, the ALERT FM emergency alert text message broadcast would be ubiquitous and reach even more people during times of local or national disasters and other emergencies," GSS Pres./CEO Robert L. Adams said. "In addition, ALERT FM ‘wakes up’ the FM-enabled device when an emergency alert message is delivered, further enhancing public safety"
"I know we saved a lot of folks because they saw the posts on our FACEBOOK page," COX MEDIA GROUP/BIRMINGHAM VP/Market Manager DAVID DUBOSE said. "Many people called our stations to say their power was off at their home due to the storms early on WEDNESDAY morning before the killer tornados even touched down. They relied on our stations and The GSS ALERT FM system for vital information."
"This is exactly why the American public needs and deserves FM chip integration in their electronic devices, including mobile phones," noted SHARON TINSLEY, President of the ALABAMA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION.
TODAY (5/10), GSS will demonstrate the ALERT FM System during CES On The Hill, the CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES) event that targets members of CONGRESS at Booth 21.