Founded in 1983, Information Station Specialists is the USA's best
known source for Information Radio Stations (TIS/HAR), advisory
the specialized services required to
transmit spoken messages to citizens − the only such source
providing products entirely made in America.
How can you utilize your existing text-based
emergency notification system to inform area
motorists and patrons who are
not in a position to receive text and email?
Indeed, how do you reach out to the larger
community – those not registered to receive your
emergency alert messages
– to tell them to take action?
This is ENcast’s unique mission.
ENcast is a means of linking an existing
text-based notification system, via Information
Radio technology, to populations not previously
accessible. All in one motion.
Reach Motorists (Mouse over to see note.)Given real-time information, motorists may be in the unique position to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement while a situation is unfolding. Unable to gain access to portable electronic
devices while driving, motorists have an
undeniable vulnerability. They may unknowingly
arrive at a facility with an active emergency in
progress, putting themselves and others at risk.
Motorists can require detailed instructions on
how to evacuate the vicinity of an incident,
critical details in the aftermath: road
closures, where to assemble, locations of
Reach the Unregistered These are individuals who have not asked to
receive notifications by telephone, email, text
or other electronic means. They might be people
in the local area who do not have connectivity,
or they might be visitors, vendors or travelers
who otherwise have no means of knowing that an
incident is in progress. ENcast allows anyone
with a radio receiver the opportunity to hear
the message instantly. ENcast enables you to reach these unserved
groups automatically as an extension of your
existing emergency notification system. (Mouse over to see note.)Existing emergency notification systems must post messages in CAP (v1.2), EAS or ATOM protocols to interface with ENCAST. ENcast is approved to interface with IPAWS and NOAA as well as many compliant on-premise notification systems and is capable of monitoring multiple sources simultaneously. Verify compatibility with us before ordering.
Broadcast 24/7 within 25-75 Square Miles ENcast monitors your existing notification
system 24 hours a day and automatically
transforms text-based alert messages into spoken
words as soon as they are issued. The alert
messages then are broadcast and continuously
repeated via information radio stations (linked
below) across an area as large as 5 miles in
radius (25-75 square miles), where they may be
received on standard
radio receivers. (Mouse over to see note.)Licensed information radio stations such as ALERT AM or The Information Station have a range of up to 5 miles around an antenna centerpoint. ENcast also can work in conjunction with unlicensed stations such as InfOspot, which have a coverage radius limited to ¼ mile for parking lot and local street coverage.
Broadcasts Continue During Power Outages An Information Radio Station with ENcast
technology operates on battery power – as do
most radio receivers. That means when power is
down, the communication linkage stays up.
Set Beacon Signs to
Flash & Ask Listeners
to Tune In Flashing-beacon street signs (linked
below) are activated that
direct drivers’ attention to the radio frequency
and the emergency messages. Powered by the sun,
the flashing beacons may be triggered by
multiple wireless methods, including SMS,
generated by the emergency notification system.
The same alert notification that is sent to
smartphones, email accounts and electronic signs
also directs recipients to tune to the special
frequency for additional information. (Mouse over to see note.)In certain applications, the text on the signs can be crafted to direct motorists to take a specific action when beacons begin to flash – even without the presence of the radio signal (e.g.: “Do not enter this area when flashing,” etc.).
Broadcast More than Text-Based Alerts The type and quantity of information you might
need to put before the public is often more than
can be contained within the constraints of
text-based methodologies. Once the initial alert
message has completed its broadcast cycle, your
information radio station is in position to step
in to provide more complete details about the
incident, including directions to the public
regarding actions they should take. The radio
station has the capability of hosting a library
of thousands of scenario-based messages. New
messages may be recorded to update the public as
the situation changes.
ENcast can monitor not only your notification
system but also sources, such as the
NOAA/National Weather Service server, to pull in
weather and 'All Hazard' alerts to broadcast
them immediately. (Mouse over to see note.)Existing emergency notification systems must post messages in CAP (v1.2), EAS or ATOM protocols to interface with ENCAST. ENcast is approved to interface with IPAWS and NOAA as well as many compliant on-premise notification systems and is capable of monitoring multiple sources simultaneously. Verify compatibility with us before ordering.
Transmit Human-Voice Instructions during
Crises Here is the medium of radio at its best –
delivering the detail and context – all with the
human touch so important in a calamity. The
spoken word provides a unique means of
communicating clearly and dispassionately to
those most affected by emergencies, at precisely
the time when calm, thoughtful action is
required. Spoken instructions allow motorists to
absorb complicated driving directions and other
instructions efficiently and without distraction
at the height of a crisis.
On Regular Days The Information Radio Station can broadcast
travel-related and safety advisories 24/7, 365
days a year to keep people acquainted with the
radio station’s dial position. In the background
ENcast continuously monitors
alert messages and will interrupt normal
programming when they are issued. (Mouse over to see note.)Existing emergency notification systems must post messages in CAP (v1.2), EAS or ATOM protocols to interface with ENCAST. ENcast is approved to interface with IPAWS and NOAA as well as many compliant on-premise notification systems and is capable of monitoring multiple sources simultaneously. Verify compatibility with us before ordering.
ENcast Technology may be part of any Information
Radio Station – new or existing – transforming
it into an avenue to reach the unregistered and
motorists in transit; a conduit for critical
information in a crisis.
US Patents: PowerPlane Flex Factory-Assembled Groundplane (5,495,261),
Vertical Profile Antenna System (7,027,008).
Trademarks: 2XTM Signal
Booster, ALERT AMTM
Emergency Advisory Radio System, AP55TM
Digital Message Player, ENcastTM
Emergency Notification Broadcast System, FAS6000TM
Flashing Beacons & Controller, FASTrackTM
Quick-Erect Sign, Flashing ALERTTM
Sign System, HearMoreInfoSM
Internet Broadcasts, Information Station Specialists, InfoRadioTM
Format, Information Station ClassicTM,
Information Station IPTM,
Radio Station, IP8TM Digital
Message Player, IP76TM
Digital Message Player, ITS6000TM
Highway Advisory Radio Network, LIGHTNINGTM
LED Portable Changeable Message Sign, NX8RTM
Digital Message Player, OP2200TM
On-Premise Radio Broadcast System, Potential Interference Notification
ServicesTM (PINS), Power
Loss Notification ModuleTM,
Factory-Assembled Groundplane, PowerSTATTM
Portable Power Source, EventCASTSM
Portable Information Radio Service, RadioSTATTM
Portable Emergency Advisory Radio Station, RoadRunnR®
Portable Highway Advisory Radio Station, Signal Measurement RadioTM
Internet Broadcast Service, StealthTM
Sign, StreamCastSM Internet
Broadcast Service, Stylized ISS LogoTM,
SX200TM Wattmeter, TR6000
Vertical Profile Antenna System, VoiceStarTM
Portable Highway Advisory Radio Station (with our without Changeable
Message Sign), Wireless Audio LinkTM.
Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers
Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) /
Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation
of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is
required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable.
Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system,
digital voice player, wattmeter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin
locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial
cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice
accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program
access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power,
remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio
distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.