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Field Report: Sage Alerting Systems Digital Endec
If e-mail is not your thing, you can create status files sent to an FTP server for automatic logging, or the option is available to do e-mail and FTP for that added secure feeling. The EndecSetD software is also used to configure the IP address of a network-attached printer. If a network printer is used, be sure that the Digital Endec is configured for no printer, otherwise it will try to print to a USB printer regardless. The Sage website has a list of compatible HP printers that can be used with the Digital Endec.
Boasting a Web-based interface with HTTPS/SSL encryption, all settings and functions can be performed using this internal Web server. Alerts can be initiated or forwarded, and configurations of the unit can be changed remotely. From the Web server, text send and received logs can be accessed and printed and audio logs can be listened to. Checking the six monitor audio sources is no problem from a remote location as it has a built-in audio stream encoder. One other handy option is the visual indication of monitor audio level via the Web server. You must download the SetupVU.exe software and run it to install the ActiveX control for a Web browser. Audio levels can also be viewed and monitored from the device's front-panel display.
Common Alerting Protocol
When CAP is approved, the Digital Endec will use the LAN connection to receive CAP alerts. CAP support includes the ability to generate an EAS alert based on the data in the CAP message. It will also receive audio or generate audio utilizing its internal text-speech software from the CAP message and then send an EAS alert based on the received data. As previously mentioned, Sage will provide a free software update to allow users to download and field-install support for the final FEMA/FCC approved version of CAP 1.2.
All in all, the changes from the legacy Endec to the Digital Endec are most welcomed. Given the advent of the Internet, the internal Web server makes managing EAS a snap. And the direct plug-in replacement makes upgrading from an original Endec to a Digital Endec simple.
Atkins is vice president/director of engineering for Backyard Broadcasting, Buffalo, NY.
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