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Standard



JIXEL allows interoperability and data exchange using internationally adopted open standards, such as the CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) used worldwide for alerts exchange. The CAP is the crucial element in the JIXEL suite.
In Italy JIXEL used standards have been implemented by 2 decrees (17 June 2008 and 23 may 2011) establishing the adoption of the CAP protocol for the data exchange between Fire Brigades control rooms and other emergency services. JIXEL is fully compliant with the two decrees, allowing organizations who use it to easily receive information on ongoing emergencies directly by the Fire Brigades (prior definition of appropriate conventions).
In addition to the CAP, JIXEL makes use of open protocol TSO (Tactical Situation Object), whose structure has been defined within the OASIS project (Open Advanced System for Disaster and Emergency Management).
JIXEL supports the EDXL family of standards to facilitate emergency information sharing between government entities and the full range of emergency-related organizations.
JIXEL is, furthermore, in line with the NG112 long term definition that will adopt the CAP Protocol in next generation European 112 emergency control rooms.


CAP (Common Alerting Protocol)

CAP (Common Alerting Protocol), is the first standard drawn up by the Technical Committee on Emergency Management of OASIS, focused on the problems of emergency messages exchange.
CAP is a simple and flexible XML data format for exchanging security alerts and emergency warnings, on all types of networks and systems of public emergency.
The CAP standard provides compatibility with all types of information systems and public emergency, including those designated for multilingual populations, or with special needs; It includes geospatial elements to allow a flexible but precise identification of emergencies; It allows to specify digital resouces such as images and audio files associated with the incident; It supports mechanisms to ensure the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality (if required) of the messages; It allows emergency messages to be disseminated simultaneously to different systems, increasing efficiency and simplicity in the emergency management.



TSO (Tactical Situation Object)

The TSO protocol (Tactical Situation Object) is a XML based data structure composed by different blocks of information, like the CAP one. It was designed inside the OASIS project framework, with the aim of allowing a minimum level of interoperability, through the exchange of a certain amount of critical information between emergency organizations. Among other types of information, it defines several "event codes", which uniquely identify a certain emergency type.
The JIXEL suite uses the event codes provided by the TSO dictionary, and carries them inside the CAP data structure, in order to allow a better understanding of the emergency situation, even when the involved operators belong to different emergency services, or are located in different countries, with different languages.



EDXL

The Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) is a suite of XML-based messaging standards that facilitate emergency information sharing between government entities and the full range of emergency-related organizations. EDXL standardizes messaging formats for communications between these parties. EDXL was developed as a royalty-free standard by the OASIS International Open Standards Consortium. Implementation of EDXL standards aims to improve the speed and quality of coordinated response activities by allowing the exchange of information in real time.



NG112

The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) released today the first public version of the Next Generation 112 Long Term Definition standard (NG112 LTD). To ensure global interoperability, EENA has re-used existing standards as much as possible. In particular, the work from the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) has been adapted to European Public Safety Answering Points. The NG112 LTD document defines a long-term architecture for European Emergency Services and remains voluntarily close to NENA i3 standard (NENA Functional and Interface Standards for Next Generation 9-1-1 Version 1.0 (i3)).



The Italian Decree dated 17 June 2008

With the Italian Decree dated 17 June 2008 the Department of Fire of public rescue and civil defensee established the standard for the data exchange between the Fire Brigades control rooms and those of other emergency services. In Italy, the CAP protocol has been adopted as a national standard of interoperability from the Italian National Fire Department - Ministry of Interior



The Italian Decree dated 23 May 2011

With the Italian Decree dated 23 May 2011, the Italian Ministry of the Interior - Department of Fire - established the full adoption of the CAP Protocol as 'CAP Profile of Fire Brigade', together with models and mechanisms for a full messages exchange with any other organization.
JIXEL is compliant with the Italian Decree both for the adoption of the 'CAP Profile of Fire Brigade' and for the use of Feed Atom compliant (AtomSyndication Format) for data trasmission.