Emergency Disaster Assistance - Resilience Through Innovation

November 18, 2020

Tagish, Yukon, Canada

As part of Canadian Innovation Week, OpenBroadcaster Inc is releasing Pyrate 3.0 free and open-source software (FOSS). An open source emergency response radio and TV broadcast toolkit for stations to remotely access their studios and distribute CAP emergency alert messages during COVID19.

About Raspberry Pi Pyrate Broadcast

Originally designed as a class project to teach computer coding skills, the Raspberry Pi is now mass produced, with over thirty million units sold, gaining a global network of commercial and educational users, based on their proven reliability and low cost.

Pyrate 3.0 is open source broadcast automation software configured to run on the inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer for stations operating remotely under lock down guidelines, assisting them in unattended operation, studio access and distribution of emergency messages in regional indigenous dialects.

Solution To Remote Studio Access

Many domestic and international small-to-medium broadcasters are not able to physically access their central studios, further to COVID19 travel restrictions. Indigenous groups in remote regions with expensive bandwidth are challenged by lack of affordable solutions otherwise out of reach. This open source technology, used in emergency services, increases the reach and utility of relaying important alerts based on the global standard CAP (Common Alerting Protocol). Pyrate 3.0 contains powerful broadcast automation software, saving time for stations to configure and harness innovation in emergency management technology tools to help with the current situation that we are all in today.

About OpenBroadcaster

OpenBroadcaster's mission is to develop open source products and services for broadcasters of any size, working in analog or digital environments. We offer open source broadcasting solutions to individuals, small-to-medium sized businesses and communities that allow them to distribute media over the air and via the Internet in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We aim to strengthen links between communities and cultures globally by supporting and facilitating the formation of broadcaster networks that are capable of pooling resources, jointly managing media and sharing stories.

Resources

Download Pyrate 3 https://openbroadcaster.com/resource/download

Source code on GitHub https://github.com/openbroadcaster

CAP Emergency Alerting https://www.preparecenter.org/resources/cap-workshop-2020-report

Media Contact

Rob Hopkins

Box 87, Tagish, Yukon, Y0B1TO

Canada

Tel: +(01) 867-667-6397

Web: https://openbroadcaster.com

Email: media@openbroadcaster.com

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