Communications Laboratories Inc. Introduces EMnet Using Microspace’s VELOCITY (SM) File Forward Satellite Service


September 21, 2000
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Communications Laboratories Inc. Introduces EMnet Using Microspace’s VELOCITY (SM) File Forward Satellite Service

RALEIGH, N.C., – Communications Laboratories Inc. recently introduced their Emergency Management Network product, which uses Microspace’s VELOCITY File Forward service to deliver critical messaging services to the emergency management community.

Comlabs EMnet system is a robust emergency messaging system designed for the dissemination of warnings and emergency alerts including: Attack warning, weather warnings, earthquake warnings, radiological warnings, and a host of other applications. Typical users of the service would be the FEMA Warnings Centers, The Center for Disease Control, State and County Emergency Operation Centers, Command Centers and Nuclear Power Plants. The EMnet system provides rapid and simultaneous delivery via satellite of warnings and alerts to the emergency management community. The low cost per site allows the easy and quick expansion of existing networks to support additional users.

EMnet provides the emergency management community with a method to exchange and verify receipt of critical messages in a secure environment,” states Roland Lussier, President of Communications Laboratories Inc. “Microspace’s VELOCITY system provides the conduit for delivery of that data,” according to Ralph LoPilato, Account Manager at Microspace Communications Corporation.

VELOCITY is a full-time, MPEG-2/DVB high-speed data, video, and audio satellite broadcasting service that allows organizations to distribute data or video programs to multiple locations economically.

According to Joe Amor, Vice President and General Manager of Microspace, “Communications Laboratories Inc. is providing a critical service for the well-being of the public. We are pleased to be associated with this type of community service network. The fact that Comlabs is using VELOCITY to deliver emergency management information, once again, highlights a good integration of satellite technology into another marketplace.”

About Communications Laboratories Inc.
Communications Laboratories is a leader in providing communications systems for the emergency management community. Selected by FEMA in 1991 to redesign and equip the National Warning System, the company manufactures the equipment that is used daily to provide primary notification of emergency conditions to 2,200 state and local emergency operations centers nationwide.

About Microspace
Microspace Communications provides reliable and economical point-to-multipoint satellite broadcasting solutions. The Microspace network is the largest of its type in the world and totals over 300,000 downlink sites internationally, delivering video, data and audio for business applications.

Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL-Digital, WRAL-FM, Microspace, the North Carolina News Network, DTV Plus, Wolfpack Sports Marketing, and Capitol Sports Management in Raleigh, NC; WJZY-TV and WFVT-TV in Charlotte, NC; WILM-TV in Wilmington, NC; WRAZ-TV and the Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Club in Myrtle Beach, SC; Capitol Broadcasting Company also founded Local TV on Satellite in Raleigh, NC.

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