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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the Safety Warning System website, www.sws1c.com.
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