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
"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
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
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
* 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
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 email@example.com. Or visit the Safety Warning System website,
SOURCE Safety Warning System, L.C.