Monroe Electronics has announced the release of HALO Version 2.0, an enterprise-grade Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) management solution capable of overseeing all encoders/decoders along with managing connected EAS devices within an organisation. The HALO V2.0 release boasts of a redesign that improves the user experience while simplifying both -maintenance and troubleshooting.
"In the past, cable operators and station groups spent a great deal of time and effort training personnel to perform labour-intensive information-gathering. HALO addressed this problem by streamlining critical tasks and, in turn, enabling better management of EAS/CAP equipment. Significant enhancements to HALO V2.0 simplify management and reporting, allowing users to reduce the overall cost and complexity of EAS-related operations," said E. Scott Nix, director and HALO product manager, strategic projects for Monroe Electronics.
HALO was engineered for cable operators and station groups (both television and radio) with EAS systems serving multiple geographically diverse locations. It is capable of consolidating these organisations' complex EAS management tasks within a single software product. In departments across an organisation, authorised users can view the status of all EAS devices connected to HALO, back up configuration files, perform software upgrades, collect EAS alert data, run regular reports on EAS devices and EAS alert data, and alert users to changes throughout the EAS enterprise environment.
With improvements including a web-based interface and its shift to a unified web-server platform, HALO V2.0 allows users to work with their preferred web browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Safari). The central HALO server runs on a Linux OS (Ubuntu and CentOS 7) using a PostgreSQL database.
"We shifted HALO to a Linux-based operating system and open-source database because they reduce overall cost of ownership, and also because many data-center professionals have greater knowledge and familiarity with these systems and find them easier to manage," added Nix.