Important Engineering – Firmware Update Now Available to Support FEMA IPAWS Changes – November 8th Deadline Extended

Earlier this year Sage announced that it planned to release an update that would support a change by FEMA IPAWS to its access protocol to require the new industry standard TLS 1.2, and to replace an expiring security certificate.  The upgrade became necessary after FEMA announced a change in the method used to connect to its IPAWS server, disabling an older method in favor of a new security standard. After the FEMA switchover, older versions of the ENDEC software will not be able to receive CAP messages from IPAWS.

This certificate was finally approved for use on October 30. The update is called Rev95, and is sold at a list price of $349 through SAGE distributors. (Users that purchased a new ENDEC on or after March 1, 2018 can get the update at no charge.) If possible the update should have been installed on your ENDEC by November 8, 2019 to continue to receive CAP alerts from FEMA.

Late last week the FCC released a Public Notice giving stations that cannot install the upgrade by Nov 8th an additional 60 Days to comply.  According to the FCC:

“Accordingly, EAS Participants that are unable to complete installation of the new, replacement certificate information for IPAWS prior to November 8, 2019, and therefore are unable to validate (and transmit to the public) CAP-formatted EAS alerts distributed by IPAWS, may continue to operate their EAS equipment for a period of up to 60 days from November 8, 2019, i.e., up to and including January 7, 2020, without additional FCC authority. EAS Participants are expected to make reasonable and good faith efforts to complete such installation prior to the expiration of this 60-day period.”

To see the full Public Notice click HERE.

For more information see SAGE’s Q & A HERE.

Digital Alert Systems has announced that the security update DASDEC devices is available for download and install.  To access the information click HERE.

 

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