FCC endorses new common alert protocol
| 11.06.2007 | 08:49:58 | Views: 2865 | ID:
November 6 '07: Washington Technology has reported that the Federal Communication Commission "is endorsing adoption of the common alerting protocol technical standard for the nation's next-generation emergency alert system," which was developed by over 130 emergency managers and technology experts working under the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards in 2004. The new standard would help to solve interoperable communications hurdles facing different responder agencies using various frequencies, languages and practices.
WashTech continued, "Several government agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey and National Weather Service, have implemented the protocol, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is currently testing the protocol and expects to adopt it," the FCC said in a notice released November 2."We conclude that all Emergency Alert System participants will be required to accept alerts and warning in the CAP format should that protocol be adopted by FEMA," the notice said according to WashTech. "Although this requirement requires action by FEMA we find that adopting it now furthers the prompt development of a state-of-the-art, next-generation national Emergency Alert System." OASIS, who help to create the protocol was founded in 1993 with the mission driving "the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. ... OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries," their website read.
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