Industry Consortia Join Together for Interoperability Standards Work on Hastily Formed Networks

July 31, 2006 BUSINESS WIRE

The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) and the Emergency Interoperability Consortium (EIC) announce that the two organizations will work together to accelerate the adoption of standards and best practices for establishing Hastily Formed Networks in response to complex humanitarian disasters. The lack of communications interoperability and deficient power infrastructure evidenced in recent global and domestic disasters motivates this common mission.

"Initial responders must have a common operational picture of a devastated area as quickly as possible after a catastrophic event," said Lorraine Martin, chair of NCOIC. "Common standards for voice and data transfer technologies are essential for effective rapid reaction."

The NCOIC and EIC will work together to promote the development of Web services and XML data interoperability standards throughout the Emergency Management community to provide for:

  • Unified incident identification
  • Accessibility and usage of emergency GIS data
  • Notification methods and messaging
  • Situational reporting
  • Source tasking
  • Asset and resource management
  • Matt Walton, chair of the EIC Board stated, "The EIC is delighted to have joined forces with the NCOIC to promote the use of open standards and best practices for net centric operations to address the critical need for greater data interoperability in homeland security."

    The identification of standards and protocols emerging from the relationship between NCOIC and EIC will allow industry to rapidly introduce interoperable products and services into the market place for the world-wide stakeholders who respond to Complex Humanitarian Disasters (CHD).

    About the NCOIC
    The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) is a not-for-profit international corporation committed to integrating existing and emerging open standards into a common evolving global framework, employing a common set of principles and processes, to assist with the rapid global deployment of network-centric applications. Established in 2004, the NCOIC consists of industry representatives from defense companies, large-scale systems integrators, information technology providers, and academia working in concert with advisory bodies consisting of government officials, standards groups and other stakeholders. For more information, visit

    About EIC
    The Emergency Interoperability Consortium (EIC) was launched in October 2002 to address the lack of consistent technical interoperability and standards for emergency and incident management. Now comprised of over 30 private entities, public agencies, university groups, and non-profit organizations, the EIC is promoting the development and adoption of standards for using Web services, Extensible Markup Language (XML), and existing relevant standards that will enable emergency industry interoperability. Please visit for more information.

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