An ITU-T and OASIS workshop on public warning, October, attracted 80
participants and saw agreement on a number of ways forward. The event signaled
a further stepping-up of cooperation between the two organizations.
The OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), which was successfully
demonstrated at the event, has been submitted to ITU for international
standardization, officials from both organizations confirmed. Publication as an
ITU-T Recommendation will help ensure that CAP is deployed worldwide giving
technical compatibility for users across all countries. This action had strong support
from the workshop.
The goal of public warning is to reduce the damage and loss of life
caused by a natural or man-made hazard event. CAP allows a warning message to
be consistently disseminated simultaneously over many warning systems to many
Attendees, from policy makers to manufacturers to personnel involved in
emergency management also agreed among other things to: “Coordinate actions
among all relevant players to ensure that standards-based, all-media,
all-hazards public warning becomes an essential infrastructure component
through platforms such as the Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and
Mitigation - Partnership Co-ordination Panel (PCP-TDR)”.
The workshop produced a number of other proposals, which will shortly
be available from the event’s website.
In a separate announcement, OASIS said that it was happy to welcome ITU
as an event supporter for its upcoming Adoption Forum, London, 27-29 November.
ITU members are invited to attend the conference, titled Managing Secure
Interactions in Sector Applications, at the reduced rate of EUR100 per day.
The announcements follow the June 2006 approval as internationally
recognized ITU-T Recommendations of OASIS’ SAML as ITU-T X.1141 (Security
Assertion Markup Language) and XACML as ITU-T X.1142 (Extensible Access Control
Markup Language). See previous story.