JACKSON, Miss. Aug. 28
JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Global Security Systems (GSS) today announced the successful test of its Mississippi statewide emergency alert network, designed and delivered under contract to the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. During a test of the FEMA DEAS (digital emergency alert system), driven out of Virginia, the GSS system demonstrated live interoperability by delivering EAS text messages via FM radio signals (through Mississippi Public Broadcasting and private FM networks) to the cell phones of test participants in Jackson.
«The statewide alert system that GSS developed for our state is the first of its kind in the country, and we’re tremendously pleased with the performance of the system when put to the test,» said Senator Trent Lott. «Effective communications sit at the heart of disaster preparedness, and establishing a reliable emergency alert network has been a priority for our state. With the technology provided by GSS, we’re able to reduce our vulnerability in times of crisis and mobilize resources to help ensure the safety of our citizens.»
GSS developed a single-point to multipoint messaging system to provide redundant distribution of emergency alert messages in the event that responders’ radios and cell phones become clogged with traffic or ineffective due to heavy network use. The company uses a standard commercial FM receiver chip that can be inserted into pagers, smoke detectors, cell phones, PDAs, and other like devices to alert responders and provide vital information as a situation develops. Mississippi Public Broadcasting has partnered with the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security to allow the use of its tower network as the backbone of the statewide alert system.
«Tragic events such as the 2001 World Trade Center attack and the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina have demonstrated just how important a redundant, state-of-the-art emergency alert and communications system is to our health and safety,» said Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. «Rapid response to crisis situations can save lives, so it’s reassuring to know that the GSS network will provide Mississippi’s emergency teams with instant alert capability even in the most difficult times.»
Robert L. Adams, president of Global Security Systems, concluded, «We’ve built our wireless messaging systems on technology refined over the past 20 years, and the DEAS system now established in Mississippi leverages this expertise to provide the state with a proven and reliable resource emergency management. We feel that completion of this FM-based messaging solution represents a significant enhancement of the state’s security capabilities, and we’re proud to be a part of this project.»
JACKSON, Miss. Aug. 28