The workshop is jointly organized by:
International Telecommunication Union

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Workshop Overview

In the wake of the Tsunami disaster that took place on 26 December 2004 and major natural catastrophes that hit in 2005, diverse arenas have focused on the importance and urgency of improved public warning. Standards development organizations (SDOs) have stepped up work in these areas, in concert with organizations dealing with disaster management, prevention and relief. This workshop will build upon the results of the earlier ITU-T Workshop on Telecommunications for Disaster Relief, held in Geneva, 17-19 February 2003. Emphasizing the practical application of standardized public warnings, the workshop will also review work by SDOs in relevant areas, identify standardization gaps, and identify key players to collaborate on further work as needed.

The two-day event will feature an emergency management interoperability demonstration of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) OASIS standard, as well as presentations by various players active in public warning and discussion of relevant technology issues that may also have public policy implications.

The Specific Objectives of the Workshop include:

  • Review progress concerning public warning since 2003, including the Tampere Convention and other key policy, standards, technologies, and consciousness-raising;

  • Current availability and effectiveness of interoperable technologies based on the OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), the content standard for alerts and notifications in disasters and emergency situations;

  • Identify existing standardization gaps, including authorization and authentication of public warnings and the attendant implications for public policy;

  • Prepare an action list for filling gaps and promoting public warning standardization, and identify key players that can collaborate on such work.
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