SOURCE: Delphi Corporation

January 04, 2008 08:30 ET

Delphi Is First to Market Mobile All-Hazard Public Alert Radio

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 4, 2008) - Another ground-breaking mobile radio product is being demonstrated by Delphi (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 7-10, 2008. Delphi is showing the world's first All-Hazard Public Alert radio integrated into a vehicle head unit. The unit takes weather radio functionality to the next level by helping to keep listeners connected in localized emergencies.

Delphi is showcasing this unique and patented technology at its exhibit (#5206) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition to providing drivers with warnings of essential NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) national weather service announcements, the radio can also receive non-weather related emergency announcements such as warnings for terrorist threats, amber alerts and other localized emergencies.

"An early warning system in a crisis situation can be the difference between success and failure or even life and death," said Kenneth Erickson, Delphi Electronics & Safety Entertainment & Communications product line business unit lead executive. "The Delphi All-Hazard Public Alert radio can help improve getting critical information out when and where crisis messaging is needed."

With the Delphi All-Hazard Public Alert radio, warnings are broadcast for both severe weather and non-weather emergencies using the NOAA Al-Hazards Weather Radio (NWR) network that includes 985 stations and covers about 98 percent of the U.S. population. The all-hazard signal interrupts AM/FM, satellite radio or CDs when an emergency message needs to be broadcasted. The emergency alert is sent by SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) digital code technology on the weather broadcast system. The system provides users with county or parish codes that can be selected to ensure the alerts are only issued in the geographical area where they are applicable.

"We believe that the All-Hazard Public Alert radio can increase the effectiveness of getting out emergency warnings," said Mark Paese, NOAA director of operations and homeland security. "Many vehicle makers have already adopted weather band radio; the public alert feature is the next logical step up to increase warning capability."

Delphi integrated the special All Hazard Public Alert feature into its weather radios that receive NOAA weather information broadcast from NWR. Using GPS signaling, Delphi's proprietary NWR receiver knows which of the seven NWR frequencies to tune into. By using existing hardware, Delphi is able to produce the radio at a modest cost while still meeting all CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) certification and technical standards.

"Since consumers are always interested in improving safety and staying informed, it is no surprise that the feature scores as an item that they would purchase," Erickson stated.

In the last decade alone, Delphi has pioneered or led the introduction of multi-speaker, multi-amp premium audio, CD playbacks, DVD rear seat video, MP3 playbacks, advanced TV reception systems and satellite radio into the market. Delphi supplies both OEM and retail hardware for both domestic satellite radio providers. Since beginning production in 1936, Delphi has manufactured more than 283 million radios that includes18 million satellite radio systems and introduced an array of new technologies.

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