Written by John Carlucci, Alticast President and CTO
2016 will be the first full year in which Americans will be furnished with Emergency Alert Messages both visually and aurally. In 1990, the American’s with Disability Act was passed to “remove barriers and empower people” (http://www.ada.gov), to include access to emergency information system. The Emergency Alert System conveys emergency communications via the TV to indicate encroaching weather, earthquake or other emergency event. This latest update delivers information not only with an onscreen visual scrawl, but also with an “audio scrawl” that leverages a secondary audio channel.
Information on the changes in the system that were put in place late last year can be found at the FCC web site ( https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-1366A1.pdf).