Please review. We should plan on a all-member ECIG member meeting soon.
From: Gualdoni, Lindsey [mailto:Lindsey_Guald...@sra.com]
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 1:24 PM
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Subject: IPAWS Stakeholder Update
This letter is the second in a series of IPAWS Stakeholder Updates that is intended to supplement our Working Group Meetings.
In this Update:
• Status on the CAP Profile
• Status on the CAP-to-EAS Implementation Guides
• Conformity Assessment Program
• Federal presence at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference
• ATIS/TIA Approval of the CMAS C Interface Specification
• EAS exercise in Alaska
On October 13, 2009, the CAP IPAWS Profile (CAP v1.2 IPAWS Profile v1.0) was approved as an OASIS Committee Specification.
The OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) v1.2 Standard provides a standard for emergency messages to the public. The OASIS CAP v1.2 IPAWS Profile is a subset of the CAP Standard to ensure interoperability with the existing and future emergency messaging systems including EAS and Next Generation EA; NOAA, NWR, and HazCollect; and CMAS.
This approval was the result of an extensive process conducted by the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee, including two public comment periods. FEMA IPAWS intends to announce IPAWS CAP adoption in Q3 FY2010. This is a change from the last IPAWS stakeholder correspondence.
CAP-to-EAS Implementation Guide
A CAP-to-EAS Implementation guide is necessary to ensure legacy EAS equipment can handle a CAP message. In order to successfully adopt the CAP-to-EAS Implementation Guide, a step-by-step approach involving industry experts, such as the ECIG, to develop the guide is being considered. The approach is currently going through an internal review process, which is set to end by January 2010. More details on the approach will be provided as decisions are made on the process moving forward.
Conformity Assessment (CA) Program
On November 20, 2009, FEMA IPAWS kicked off the CA Program at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). The CA Program will evaluate vendor products and certify that they are compliant with the CAP v1.2 IPAWS Profile. Successful completion of the CA Program will result in a list of products with a Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity and listing on the Responder Knowledge Base. Assessments will be conducted in two groups, the first from Feb through April 2010, and the second from May through June 2010.
Presence at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference
October 31 – November 5
IAEM brings together emergency managers and disaster response professionals from all levels of government, as well as the military, the private sector, and volunteer organizations around the world. IAEM hosted their 57th Annual Conference and EMEX in Orlando Florida October 31st through November 5th 2009.
IPAWS, the FEMA DM Program, and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute were represented through exhibit booths at the Conference. A demonstration was facilitated between DM-OPEN and the vendors at the OASIS booth in the exhibit area of the Conference to demonstrate the live exchange of a CAP message.
ATIS/TIA Approval of the C Interface Specification
On November 5, 2009 the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) published the CMAS Federal Alert Gateway to CMSP Gateway Interface Specification. This standard defines the interface between the Federal Alert Gateway and the Commercial Mobile Service Provider (CMSP) Gateway for CMAS alerts.
EAS exercise in Alaska
IPAWS is moving forward with development and implementation of an exercise of the national Emergency Alert System. Current plans are for a one state test in Alaska in January and goal of a nationwide test by the end of 2010.
Industry will convene again in early 2010. During that meeting we will address the following action items from our last meeting. If you have any other suggestions for discussion topics, please email Lindsey Gualdoni at Lindsey.guald...@touchstone.com.
Pull together ECIG group to reconvene the question of how much testing should be done given the amount of products and product research being done in the field (Industry)
Update the adoption timeline in the slide deck to decipher between adoption and implementation of the CAP profile (FEMA)
Figure out how to engage the “implementers” (FEMA)
Set up a way for participants to comment on questions asked during these calls, raise particular issues, and ask questions (FEMA)
As always please contact us if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.
Sent on behalf of FEMA IPAWS and DHS Science & Technology
The Touchstone Consulting Group
SRA International, Inc.
1920 N Street NW, Washington DC 20036