MILWAUKEE, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- American Signal Corporation (ASC) is pleased to have hosted Chilean government officials from the Oficina Nacional de Emergencia del Ministerio del Interior (ONEMI) and experts from the Motorola solutions company Interexport at its Milwaukee, WI headquarters last month. In an effort to explore a more seamless, integrated future of emergency alerting and mass notification, ONEMI has begun to explore the possibility for transitioning its tsunami warning systems over to ASC's CompuLert™ NEXGen platform.
ASC welcomed two members of ONEMI and two members of the Interexport team to its facilities: Sr. Mario Sepúlveda, National Head of Telecommunications at ONEMI; Sr. Rodrigo Flores, Supervisor of the Tarapacá Early Warning Center; Sr. Sebastián Muñoz, Gerente de Negocios of Interexport; and Sr. Sebastián Lara, Project Engineer at Interexport.
The purpose of the visit was to establish ASC's mass notification and emergency alerting hardware and software solutions as a viable replacement for the antiquated tsunami early warning systems currently in place in the Tarapacá region of Chile. The visit consisted of formal classroom training sessions of both ASC's Legacy and NEXGen software solutions, visits to a recently deployed NEXGen system and to the subcontractor circuit board manufacturer Milwaukee Electronics, and a tour of ASC production facilities.
In 2012, a tsunami early warning system consisting of 32 sirens was installed in the Chilean region of Tarapacá by EPCOM, a now-defunct company. Due to EPCOM's insolvency, the system did not receive the service or scheduled maintenance required to keep it current, and by 2015, ONEMI became concerned of its reliability. In that same year, ASC appointed Interexport as its exclusive representative in Chile and both companies jointly brought the system back to 100 percent operability and reliability.
"It's situations like this that really illustrate the benefit of having a single-source company for design, manufacturing, service and maintenance, and troubleshooting," said Richard Roe, Vice President at American Signal Corporation. "We've taken steps to realign this existing system in terms of operational quality and effectiveness. Now, it's about looking towards the future to create a system that's always current and never antiquated. It's part of the comprehensive scope of solutions ASC brings to the market."
Problems with system inconsistencies have also troubled ONEMI. Currently, the organization has four different tsunami warning systems installed in four different regions of the country, made by four different manufacturers. Two of these systems have encountered serious problems, with one even being classified as no longer viable. ASC has begun to collaborate with the organization to design and implement integrated solutions that will keep Chile and its people safe from future inclement weather disasters.
For more information about ASC's most recent prospectus meeting with ONEMI and Interexport or to inquire about the company's mass notification and emergency alerting systems, please visit the company's website at http://www.americansignal.com/.
American Signal Corporation (ASC) is a leading designer and manufacturer of mass notification solutions for a wide variety of applications worldwide. The company combines advanced engineering, innovative software and state-of-the-art equipment with an extraordinary record of longevity and expertise in the field, to develop and install compliant, versatile and effective notification systems. We aim to save lives every day.
ONEMI is dedicated to prevention, organization, coordination and information relative to natural disasters affecting Chile and its citizens.
Interexport is the largest systems integrator in Chile, serving clients in Mission Critical, Operation Critical and Operational Efficiency market segments in a wide range of industries — including homeland security.
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