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CAP-DEC1 2022 Report & Order Compliance

Triggered IPAWS Polling & Header Translation Updates

The latest FCC Report & Order, FCC 22-75, makes a number of changes to Part 11 rules – including updates to the translation of certain header codes, fixed scripts for certain EAS activations, and implementation of triggered IPAWS polling upon receipt of an over-the-air alert – and you may be wondering whether your Gorman-Redlich CAP-DEC 1 will remain in compliance with the new FCC rules.

The short answer is YES, your CAP-DEC1 is, and will continue to be, compliant when used in conjunction with Gorman-Redlich EAS encoder/decoder units.

Changes are already underway to EAS-1 firmware and CAP-DEC1 software to implement these new requirements. Make sure that you are subscribed to Gorman-Redlich Common Alerting Protocol Updates to be notified when the updates are available.

These changes include modifications of the translation of EAN, NPT, and PEP header codes, as well as the implementation of standardized text for Nationwide Test Alerts in the Legacy EAS format.

Also included in this update will be our new CAP On Demand™ feature, which polls IPAWS for a duplicate Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) formatted message when a legacy over-the-air message is received by a Gorman-Redlich EAS-1 encoder/decoder with the latest firmware. Note that, due to the enhanced communication between the EAS and CAP devices, this feature may not work when the CAP-DEC1 is used with third-party EAS devices from other manufacturers. Gorman-Redlich EAS-1 units, including a limited number of discounted factory-refurbished pre-owned units, will be available for purchase.

The deadline to have these changes in place is in December 2023 and we anticipate having the updates available well in advance of the deadline in order to allow your technicians plenty of time to update your equipment. Keep an eye on this page, the CAP-DEC Update page, and sign up for email updates for further information.