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Please check the firmware update page for information on updates the CAP-CP version of the ENDEC firmware. The remainder of this page is for US users only.

Announcements, News, and other Items of Interest

Blue Alerts - Jan 17, 2019

The firmware update for Blue Alert support has been released.

See the firmware page for details, or read the release notes pdf. If you want to install this voluntary 89-32 release, you will need to be running version 89-30, and have installed the certificate updates from 2018 (cr-rev4 and si-rev 5). If you have been receiving the IPAWS weekly tests since October 2018, then you have those updates.

Important! Another Certificate Update - August 28, 2018 (si-rev5)

This release updates a CAP alert authentication certificate that is needed to continue to receive CAP alerts from IPAWS and some other CAP alert providers. This update must be installed by 11:55pm EDT on September 24, 2018. You probably installed the CR-rev4 release in May, but you need to install this one as well.

See the firmware page for details, or read the release notes html or pdf.

Older Certificate Updates - May 29, 2018 (cr-rev4)

This release updates CAP alert authentication certificates that are needed to continue to receive CAP alerts from IPAWS and some other CAP alert providers. This update must be installed by 11:45am EDT on June 24, 2018. The release also contains root certificates used for HTTPS access to web sites that provide alert audio files.

See the firmware page for details, or read the release notes html or pdf.

Older News

Important Items - July 27, 2017

The FCC has updated its EAS Operating Handbook. The FCC says "A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for authenticating messages and initiating actions."

Sage has updated its guide to the handbook that helps you put the FCC Handbook into context for a Sage Digital ENDEC (model 3644).

Important Items - July 17, 2017

FEMA has announced its intent to run a National Periodic Test on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in a letter filed on the FCC's ECFS system.

You can verify that your ENDEC is configured to carry the alert by using the "Verify Req" button at the bottom of the ENDEC's tools page. Click it and the ENDEC will show the filter names that match the EAN and NPT codes, and an indication that your settings are, or are not, compliant. If you don't have a verify button, or you don't see the "Your ENDEC will meet the FCC requirements" messages for EAN and NPT, then you need to read the release notes for the 89-30 software release:

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Updates for Wednesday, August 24, 2016:

FCC 2016 EAS Handbook

The FCC has released a revised EAS Operating Handbook. The FCC says "The Handbook’s new format was designed by industry and alerting stakeholder members of the Commission’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC)". Sage was part of the committee that worked on the recommendations for the new handbook. One of the recommendations of that committee was that each EAS device manufacturer provide additional information that will assist you in utilizing the FCC Handbook.

Sage has provided that information in a document intended to assist its users with the fill in the blanks portion of the FCC Handbook. Even though you have already provided a good set of instructions to your operators, we urge you to read the "Recovery Procedures" section of our document.

Download our handbook assistance document. (updated for 2017)

You must customize the FCC Handbook and place a copy " ... at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for administering EAS tests." This must be done before the National Periodic Test scheduled for September 28, 2016.

Updates for Monday, July 25, 2016:

Regarding the FCC's 6th Report and Order on EAS, with a July 30, 2016 implementation deadline.

Version 89-30 is the current version, and is required to keep your ENDEC in compliance with the Part 11 rules. See the firmware page for details. The release includes:

  • Support for the national location (000000) code and priority treatment for NPT
  • An "auto filter" feature that will properly handle EAN and NPT events, even if you don't have a filter installed. This feature is on by default and highly recommended, the effect is that you will not need to update your settings file.
  • A verify button on the ENDEC's tools page that will let you know which filter will match a national NPT, and if your ENDEC will be compliant.
  • The new NWS event codes.
  • New intermediate certificates for IPAWS alert signatures.
If you have sent a message to with "add" as the subject, you will receive an email when future updates are made available.

We will not update the firmware for the model 1822. Support for that non-CAP product ended in 2011.

Updates for October 31, 2014:

Strict Time

The replay of an old alert that was sent out on a syndicated radio program in 2014 raised several questions. We address the issue of strict time and expired alerts in the FAQ. In case there is any doubt, the official word from us here at Sage is that you should have Strict Time turned ON. See the FAQ for more details.

Missing FEMA's RWT?

FEMA sends an RWT every Monday at 11:00am for each U.S. time zone. If you did not receive the RWT, and your Sage ENDEC shows that you were connected to IPAWS, then make sure that:

  • You are running at least version 89-30.
  • You have included "Civil Authorities" or "All originators" in the originators list for your RWT filter.
  • If you have changed the language tag to only es-US, you need to change it to es-US,*en-US, see the detailed instructions.

Installing an ENDEC for the first time?

See the Task Sheets on the FAQ page for additional installation help.

Once I install the release, how can I tell if it is working? I don't see any CAP messages in the log.

FEMA is sending one alert per time Monday. There are other several ways to tell if the ENDEC and the IPAWS server are communicating.

  • The top line on the ENDEC's home page will show a CAP status, "OK" if all CAP servers are running, or "Offline" if any are not.
  • A server by server summary is provided on the "tools" page.
  • A detailed set of statistics for each server is provided on the tools page.
  • If a server is offline (meaning the ENDEC can't poll it), the AUTO led will flash on the front panel, and a message will be placed in the front panel buffer.
  • The ENDEC will send an EMAIL message to the "errors" address list when a sever changes state from up to down, or down to up, with a few minutes of debounce so you aren't flooded by an intermittent connection.

If you are connected to IPAWS, and if FEMA sends an RWT to your time zone, you will see it on the ENDEC's log page if you have a filter that matches RWT and an originator of Civil Authorities.

FEMA Conformity Assessment Program

The Sage Digital ENDEC 3644 passed the FEMA CAP assessment test in 2011.
FEMA CAP 1.2 Conformity Assessment Declaration.
FEMA CAP 1.2 Conformity Assessment Test Report.

Digital ENDEC Users Guide and Reference Manual
The manuals page has the latest full version of the User's Guide and Reference Manual.

EAS-CAP Implementation Guide
Sage Alerting Systems, Inc., is proud to be a part of the EAS-CAP Industry Group (EGIC) which developed the CAP EAS Implementation Guide for the effective use of CAP and EAS. The Guide is included by the FCC in its Fifth Report and Order, updating the EAS rules in Part 11.

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