FCC Approves Safety Warning System

    ENGLEWOOD, Fla., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The revolutionary Safety Warning
 System(R) has won formal approval from the Federal Communications Commission
 to operate on the 24.05-24.25 gigahertz band for "highway safety alerting and
 traffic signal control purposes."  The action by the FCC paves the way for the
 Safety Warning System to become the nationwide standard in motorist alert
 systems.
     "The nation's drivers have shown their support for the safety radar
 concept by purchasing well over 6 million SWS(TM)-enhanced radar detectors."
 Commented Janice Lee, president of Safety Warning System, L.C., the
 organization overseeing development of the system, "With the final FCC
 approval we anticipate an enormous demand for transmitters."
     Operating on the same microwave frequency as police radar's K-band, Safety
 Warning transmitters alert drivers over a mile away as they approach road
 hazards ranging from railroad crossings to stopped school buses, utility
 crews, road construction and traffic accidents.  Existing radar detectors
 notify drivers with a visual and audible warning when encountering a
 transmitter.  However, SWS receivers respond with a special alert and display
 one of over 60 permanently stored text messages telling exactly what sort of
 hazard is nearby.  The system's flexibility, expandability and reasonable cost
 make it one of the most viable Intelligent Transportation Systems being
 marketed today.
     The Safety Warning System has been operating since its inception under an
 experimental FCC license, but the latest approval allows high-power operation
 under part 90 of the commission's rules.  The transmitter's 50-milliwatt
 rating -- 10 times the power of any other system -- extends SWS's range to
 provide motorists with warnings of highway hazards and other special traffic
 conditions.
     Part 90 approval by the FCC caps a year of tremendous advances for the
 Safety Warning System.  Among its advances were:
 
     *  The federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)
 earmarked $2.1 million over the next three years to study the effectiveness of
 the SWS.  The funds, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation,
 will help state and local governments purchase and evaluate Safety Warning
 transmitters.
     *  A favorable notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office concerning
 the issuance of a patent for SWS technology.  The patent is expected to be
 formally issued shortly.
     *  Placement of SWS transmitters in over 25 states and five foreign
 countries, in applications ranging from school buses to emergency vehicles to
 road work zones.
     *  Addition of two new SWS licensees in 1998 -- Escort Corp. and Star
 Dreams -- joining BEL-Tronics, MPH Industries, SK Global America, Santeca
 Electronics, Uniden America and Whistler.
     *  The formation with European interests of a new corporation, Traffic
 Safety Technologies, L.C., to oversee development of the technology in Europe
 and Scandinavia.  The SWS also is being marketed in New Zealand and the former
 Soviet Union.
 
     For more information, contact Safety Warning System, L.C. at 2400 N. Beach
 Road, Unit 12, Englewood, FL 34223; telephone 941-473-1555; fax 941-475-4826;
 e-mail sws@ewol.com.  Or visit the Safety Warning System website,
 www.sws1c.com.
 
 

SOURCE Safety Warning System, L.C.

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