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JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Security Systems, a Mississippi-based company, announces that their product, GSSNet/ Alert Studio, has been installed as Mississippi's new Emergency Alert System. This Common Alert Protocol -based system allows the state to meet the Federal Communication Committee's new guidelines regarding the distribution of emergency alerts. The selection of this system was supported by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters.
The installation of GSSNet/ Alert Studio is an expansion of the state's existing ALERT FM system, which uses the data subcarrier of local FM radio stations. This targeted emergency notification system was implemented by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina and expanded by a grant from MEMA in 2009 to provided fully redundant FM signal around the state. ALERT FM and GSSNet/Alert Studio both distribute information using the GSSNet satellite data delivery system. GSSNet provides a "switchless" solution that is not affected by telephone or internet issues during power outages.
"The introduction of GSSNet/ Alert Studio in Mississippi is great value to our state," said Jackie Lett, MAB president. "Broadcasters across the state are able to receive critical information more quickly and reliably using the satellite infrastructure of GSSNet."
Prior to the installation of GSSNet/ Alert Studio, EAS messages were distributed to the radio and television broadcasters through an analog daisy chain. Using the new system, MEMA or DPS officials will create and send a message using the Alert Studio message origination tool. The message will then be sent via GSSNet and received using satellite downlinks at Local Primary 1 and 2 stations across the state. The LP1/LP2 stations then broadcast the information across the radio frequency to the public. Radio and TV stations across the state monitor the LP1 and LP2 stations and relay the EAS message over their frequency to their audience.