Sage Rev96 Firmware Update for 3644 Units – FCC Mandate – Must have Rev95 Installed for this update. Must have your serial number for the update.
Message from Sage Alerting Systems:
“This message is from Sage Alerting Systems regarding your Sage Digital ENDEC model 3644. It applies only to users in the United States.
An FCC Report and Order for PS Docket No. 15-94 adopting new rules to improve the clarity and accessibility of Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages recently went into effect with a compliance date of December 12, 2023. This R&O requires a significant change to EAS procedures, mandating that alerts received via over-the-air “legacy” EAS data tones be held while the possible presence of a matching IPAWS CAP alert is checked for and then used preferentially. There are a few other rules requiring changes on how the text for national alerts is constructed. A firmware update will be required to keep the ENDEC in compliance with the Part 11 rules.
Sage will release a paid update, called Rev96, in June. You should install the update before December 12, 2023 to be compliant with the new FCC rules. This is a pre-release announcement; the update is not yet available for download.
Any Model 3644 Sage Digital ENDEC originally purchased new from dealer stock after December 12, 2021 (14 months prior to February 2023) is eligible for a free Rev96 update. This includes serial numbers B418750 to B429999.
Additional information: https://www.sagealertingsystems.com/Rev96Questions.html
In addition to the FCC required changes, we will also add several usability features, including automated emailing of log summaries and the conformance report. These two features should reduce the amount of time needed to acquire and review the log data, and reduce the number of people that need to access the ENDEC. It will help to further highlight compliance issues such as failure to receive RWTs and RMTs, and to send RWTs. The FCC also issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in October regarding security. The NPRM may or may not result in additional rules, however, Sage is proactively implementing some tools that may assist users in improving security, such as expanding our audit logs to include login/logout and failed login attempts. Our emailed conformance report will also assist with operational readiness.”