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Kentucky Emergency Warning System (KEWS) Upgrade Progressing

Commonwealth in first phase of massive KEWS upgrade project

The Kentucky Emergency Warning System (KEWS), an analog microwave system spanning the state, is being upgraded to a digital system by the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT). The commonwealth is currently in the first phase of the upgrade project, which includes network upgrades in northern and eastern Kentucky. 

Recent work included the first replacement of a major shelter, which occurred at Dry Ridge in mid-April.  Additionally, many of the towers that were structurally reinforced during March will be receiving new antenna systems over the next few weeks.  These antenna systems provide the critical first link into the KEWS backbone. Their installation is the first step in providing the commonwealth with a new and highly survivable communications network. 

Other important upgrades include the installation of new grounding and emergency backup power systems, typically known as uninterruptible power systems, at critical sites. 

All affected users of the KEWS network are being kept informed, and the KEWS Project team continues to work diligently to make certain that minimal impact to customer communications is experienced. 

Additional information about the KEWS upgrade was provided in last month's
April issue of Techlines.

 

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