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Public Warning Language in Shipping Act Sees Major Revision
Washington - Oct 3, 2006 - The Warning, Alert and Response Network Act (HR 5785) has made its way through the House and the Senate, but what remains of the language from HR 5785 that was added to HR 4954, the SAFE Port Act, is a shadow of the original document.

Elements of HR 5785 were rolled into HR 4954, the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006. HR 4954 includes a section (Title VI) that is now called Commercial Mobile Service Alerts. This section was previously titled Warning, Alert and Response Network Act.

Several elements that interested emergency alert groups have been dropped or modified from the SAFE Port act. One item that was eliminated was the formation of the National Alert Office and its standards-based, multi-mode National Alert System. The bill now only deals with the role that cell phones play in distributing alerts.

Wording that would have allowed the federal government to apply federal resources to restoring telecommunications, power or water has also been removed. Instead, the bill states that federal agencies must not “deny or impede access to the disaster site to an essential service provider whose access is necessary to restore and repair an essential service.”


FCC Launches Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Washington - Sep 26, 2006 - The FCC launched the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau in an order released on Sept. 25. The commission cites the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the hurricanes of 2005 as reasons for the action.

According to the FCC press release, "the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is designed to provide an efficient, effective and responsive organizational structure to address matters related to public safety, homeland security, and emergency management and preparedness. The bureau is responsible for the combined public safety-related functions that were previously dispersed among the other bureaus and offices."

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is organized into three divisions.

  • Policy Division The Policy Division drafts, develops and administers rules, regulations and policies, including those pertaining to the 911/Enhanced 911 (E911), Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), operability and interoperability for public safety communications, communications infrastructure protection, network security and reliability. In addition, the Policy Division oversees the licensing of spectrum for public safety entities (e.g., police and fire departments).
  • Public Communications Outreach and Operations Division The Public Communications Outreach and Operations Division (PCOOD) is the lead bureau group responsible for coordinating the Commission's emergency response procedures and operations. The division coordinates the Commission's public safety, homeland security, national security, disaster management and related functions on a day-to-day basis. During incidents or emergencies PCOOD serves as the lead point of contact for all inter-governmental coordination activities with other Federal departments and agencies. The division will operate the Commission's Communications Center (COMM-CTR) and High Frequency Direction Finding Capability (HFDFC) facilities.
  • Communications Systems Analysis Division The Communications Systems Analysis Division (CSAD) administers the Commission's information collection requirements (e.g., network outage reports) and performs analyses and studies concerning public safety, homeland security, emergency management and preparedness, disaster management and national security.

    Read the text of the order at
    hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-35A1.doc.


    Business

    Shure Signs Licensing Agreement with APT
    San Francisco - Oct 6, 2006 - APT and Shure have signed a licensing agreement for APT's new audio algorithm, Apt-x Live. Shure selected Apt-x Live after a series of extensive listening and performance tests conducted over a period of several months.

    Shure will use the algorithm in conjunction with some of the its wireless microphone systems.


    Sirius Passes 5 Million Subscriber Mark
    New York - Oct 4, 2006 - Sirius Satellite Radio ended the third quarter with 5,119,308 subscribers, 135 percent above third quarter 2005 ending subscribers of 2,173,920. Sirius added 441,101 net subscribers in the third quarter of 2006, a 23 percent increase over year-ago third quarter net subscriber additions.

    Sirius expects to reach 6.3 million subscribers by the end of 2006.


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    In an upgrade to the signal path at the Jazz at Lincoln Center studios at the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan,  Adam Audio has sold a pair of S6A Mk II's, five S4As, seven S3As and 16 Artistsspeakers to XM Satellite Radio.

    Internet Watch

    Audio-Technica Launches 40 Series Online Demo
    Stow, OH - Oct 5, 2006 - Audio-Technica has made a 40 Series: Unmasked interactive online demo available at the company's website (www.audio-technica.com). The website feature allows visitors access to technical specifications while auditioning A-T's line of 40 Series side-address condenser microphones.

    The 40 Series: Unmasked section is divided into several subsections to provide a product overview, audio samples of each mic to compare the sonic qualities, a look under the hood that shows a deconstructed, cross-section view of the selected microphone with call-outs of key features, and an expanded profile of each 40 Series precision studio microphone with key specifications.


    People

    Logitek Names Klarer as International Sales Manager
    Houston, TX - Oct 2, 2006 - Logitek Electronic Systems has appointed Andrew Klarer as the company's international sales manager. Klarer joined Logitek earlier in 2006 as a technical support representative. Klarer has nearly 30 years of broadcast industry experience including 23 years in TV production and six years with Quantel, a broadcast equipment manufacturer.


    Latimer Joins Adam as National Sales Manager
    San Francisco - Oct 6, 2006 - Adam Audio has hired Jim Latimer as its national sales manager for the U.S. market. Latimer comes aboard with the charter of supporting Adam's sales growth in the professional audio, broadcast and home theater markets as well as building the company's sales force over time.

    With more than 20 years of experience covering music retail, manufacturing and performance, Latimer was educated in the arts, including a music degree from the Berklee College of Music. Latimer began his musical career as a performing guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist, which he later parlayed into music retail at E.U. Wurlitzer Music and Sound in Boston and Sound Ideas of Columbus, OH. His sales experience in music manufacturing covers software and hardware with such industry notables as Sonic Foundry, where he served as strategic account executive and most recently with Symetrix as national sales manager.


    Glider Appointed Director of Radio Network Engineering and Technical Ops
    New York - Oct 3, 2006 - Westwood One has promoted Mitch Glider to the position of director, radio network engineering and technical operations. Glider has extensive experience in studio construction and design, audio engineering, and remote technical operations.

    A veteran network engineer with a specialty in project management and technical maintenance, Glider was the lead project manager for Westwood's recent studio reconstruction in Culver City, CA. Glider distinguished himself as the lead project manager for the build out and technical management of Westwood's remote studio facilities at the International Broadcast Centers for the Torino, Athens and Salt Lake City Olympic Games.

    Prior to working with Westwood One, Glider owned and managed his own recording studio and production facility.


    Genelec Expands with Staff Appointments
    Natick, MA - Oct 6, 2006 - Genelec has made three key appointments. Paul Stewart is now product specialist at Genelec. Stewart will be responsible for educating and motivating manufacturer's representatives and retail sales personnel, helping serve the needs of Genelec's dealers, and offering clients onsite counsel and loudspeaker calibration for installations including broadcast, studios and home theater projects. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he draws on more than 10 years experience in professional audio sales to high-end production facilities and individual artists around the globe. As a project consultant, he has provided design expertise from equipment specification to layout and system integration. Stewart has designed and installed numerous wiring systems in recording studios as well as home theater and multi-media rooms.

    Dan Pye has joined Genelec in the position of sales support. He will also handle warehouse maintenance, trade show representation and daily shipping/receiving. Pye is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts - Lowell where he received a degree in sound and recording technology. While at the university, he studied classical and jazz bass, along with music theory and ear training. Most recently Pye has been tutoring junior high school students in mathematics while working as a staff engineer at a multi-track studio, recording and mixing diverse music projects.

    Amy Tran has been named sales administrator at Genelec, making a smooth transition from her prior role at an authorized Genelec reseller and CEDIA member. She is now responsible for order processing, establishing new accounts and providing dealer sales, general office and marketing administration at Genelec. Tran has more than four years experience in sales support, order processing and HT project management along with general office administration.


    Products

    Broadcast Electronics Develops EAS Text Messagecasting
    Quincy, IL - Oct 6, 2006 - Broadcast Electronics has added emergency-alert messagecasting to the Radio Experience Message Manager, the company's text application suite for RBDS, HD Radio and Web. The optional Emergency Alert System (EAS) module makes it possible for stations to feed text messages originated by civil authorities to RBDS/HD Radio receivers and the station website.

    WWL in New Orleans installed BE's TRE Message Manager text application to automate promos, traffic and song text by station and cluster, and added the EAS module in April of this year to provide another public service. With the new module, text readouts of emergency alerts instantly appear on the face of HD Radio and RBDS tuners in place of song title and artist name.

    BE developed the EAS option for The Radio Experience in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, basing the new option on emergency triggers and codes established by authorities. EAS text broadcasts along with audio as activations from the weather bureau occur and evacuation updates from civil authorities develop, adding another radio service to communicate shelter locations and update the public on safety issues during hurricanes and other emergencies.




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