This CWA specifies a hierarchical naming system for public and private safety agencies and emergency authorities. It covers a common addressing format to be used by authorities, in order to uniquely be identified. This addressing format identifies the agencies and their teams/departments, enabling the quick and easy selection of the agencies that should share a specific piece of information.
Additionally, the specifications of an emergency discovery mechanism are provided, enabling the hosting, indexing and discovery of the available agencies, through the usage of their unique address. Each agency will be represented by a record on the mechanism that will associate the operational and technical characteristics of the agency with the related unique address. Specifications on the data structures and the functionalities that are required to register and get details about an agency are provided.
The message can be targeted to the designated groups such as the incident management and command & control system designers and engineers and decision-makers in emergency management.