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OASIS ratifies Common Alerting Protocol

Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), which standardizes the interfaces used to disseminate public alerts and warnings, is ratified by OASIS as a standard.

Standards body OASIS announced Wednesday that the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) version 1.0 has been approved an OASIS standard.

CAP standardizes the exchange of emergency alert and public warning information over data networks and computer-controlled warning systems, OASIS said in a statement.

CAP is compatible with XML applications and Web services and enables government agencies to have easier access to alert and warning information.

"The CAP OASIS Standard has been designed to allow a consistent warning message to be communicated simultaneously over different systems," explained Allen Wyke, chair of the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee. "By standardizing on a format, technology developers and vendors in the emergency, incident, and business continuity fields will be able to take a huge step forward in sharing this critical, and potentially life-saving information."

The use of a standardized protocol also cuts software costs because it provides an interface all the disparate sources of warning information can interact with.

CAP has been implemented by U.S. national and local agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the National Weather Service, the United States Geological Survey, California Office of Emergency Services, and the Virginia Department of Transportation as well as companies such as Blue292, OASIS said.

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