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 States. "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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the Safety Warning System(R) website, www.swslc.com.
SOURCE Safety Warning System