Safety Warning System(R) Members Buy Out Santeca

Jul 11, 2000, 01:00 ET from Safety Warning System

    ENGLEWOOD, Fla., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The purchase of Santeca
 Electronics' equity in Safety Warning System(R), the revolutionary traffic
 hazard warning technology, is a strong show of support and commitment to
 highway safety by the industry leaders in mobile microwave receivers, design,
 production and sales -- Escort, Inc., of West Chester, Ohio; Uniden America
 Corporation, of Fort Worth, Texas; and The Whistler Group, of Bentonville,
 Arkansas, and Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
     No details of the acquisition were announced.
     Operating on the same microwave frequency as police radar's K-band, Safety
 Warning transmitters alert drivers 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, while SWS-enhanced
 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 exciting Intelligent Transportation Systems being marketed today.
 Based on industry estimates, more than 10 million SWS-capable receivers are in
 use across the nation, along with almost 200 transmitters placed in 33 states
 in a variety of applications. The technology is fully approved by the Federal
 Communications Commission to operated on the 24.05-24.25 gigahertz band, which
 is designated for highway safety and traffic signal control purposes.
     In 1998 as part of the landmark Transportation Equity Act for the 21st
 Century (TEA-21), $2.1 million was approved for research and grants for the
 Safety Warning System(R) extending over a three-year period of time. Georgia
 Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the developer of the microwave-based
 communications system, is the recipient of the federal funding. Researchers at
 GTRI have spent the last two years studying the technology and refining its
 variable text messaging capabilities. $700,000 of the federal money is
 earmarked to be spent this year.
     Safety Warning System, L.C. licenses the technology to manufacturers of
 both the transmitters and receivers. SWS transmitters are produced by MPH
 Industries, Inc., of Owensboro, Kentucky. In addition to member companies
 Escort, Inc., Uniden America Corporation and The Whistler Group, BG Tech
 America, Inc., of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and SK Global America, Inc., of New
 York, New York, are licensed manufacturers of the receivers in the United
     "Although we have been rather quiet lately, the Safety Warning System(R)
 is alive and well and enthusiastically supported by our member companies.
 Expect to see some exciting developments in coming months," commented Janice
 Lee, president of SWS, L.C.
     For more information, contact Safety Warning System, L.C. at 2400 N. Beach
 Road,  Unit #12, Englewood, FL 34223; telephone, 914-473-1555; fax,
 941-475-4826; e-mail Or visit the Safety Warning System(R)

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