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Subject: Re: [emergency] Groups - DEConformance.xls uploaded

Hi Frank,

You might want to take a closer look at the Tactical Situation Object 
because it specifically explains itself in terms of CAP equivalence for 
many aspects of alerting, though it focuses on machine-to-machine 
operations that cross country/language boundaries rather communicating 
directly with the public. The multi-lingual dictionary is a significant 
advance. It does this in addition to being distributed by EDXL-DE. The 
lack of an EU version of EAS and a CAP type alerting capability, perhaps 
using the ITU version of CAP is needed for communicating the last mile 
to the public.

I'm inbvolved with this through the Network Centric Operations Industry 
Consortium (NCOIC). I wanted to thank you for bringing this up, and let 
you know that we do have some awareness of the Oasis-fp6 work. I think 
your suggestion has merit. I have suggested that we consider 
cross-adopting TSO. But I don't know enough about the IEEE 1512 XML 
Dictionary to have an opinion about the feasibility of aligning with it, 
as long as it carries a significant financial commitment just to form an 
opinion about it.


> Dear Sirs & Mesdames,
> Attached is a comment spreadsheet for DE. While EAS is not currently being
> worked on as a standard, both FEMA and the FCC have stated that this is
> anticipated. Some of the points relate to an improved definition of EAS, but
> others are more general.
> It appears that there are three groups of standards developers working on
> emergency management related XML standards. There is the FEMA-FCC-OASIS group,
> the Oasis-fp6.org (European) group, and there is the IEEE 1512 group which is
> more focused on Federal and State Justice Department developments for police
> and ambulance Computer Aided Dispatch.
> The Oasis-fp6 group has a significant proportion of European military
> contractors as members, but the standard covers emergency management and
> police operations. However there is not a developed alerting component
> comparable to CAP or an improved EAS. It is particularly advanced in using an
> XML based "multilingual dictionary" of terms and a graphical interface so
> first responders can cooperate even if the teams and the management are all
> using different languages. The transport of the TSO (Tactical Situation
> Object) messages is currently using EDXL-DE 1.0
> The IEEE 1512 group is very detailed in terms of police and traffic management
> and ambulance dispatch. Also the message transaction protocol is detailed so
> as to enable operation with computers in vehicles, where communication can be
> problematic. Also the Internet in the public sense may not be available, only
> digital vehicle or personal mobile radios. The XML "dictionary" also is
> sometimes not only a list, but may include conditional items, that makes it
> more complex than the Oasis-fp6 approach.
> While it is not expected that the three groups would merge in the near future,
> the interoperability of the three XML sets of applications would be
> significantly improved if the three XML "dictionaries" could use the same
> terms in a multilingual manner. Then protocol conversion applications become
> considerably more practical. Provision for TSOs and IEEE 1512 messages to be
> broadcast in the CAP Broadcast mode of an improved EAS is provided as specific
> event codes, and EDXL-DE transport of them is also provided for.
> The above is my opinion and suggestion. If some items in the attached comment
> matrix reflect some lack of understanding on my part, I would appreciate the
> information and/or correction.
> Sincerely,
> Frank W. Bell
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