National 911 Program Releases NG 9-1-1 Standards Overview Document
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 | Comments

The National 911 Program released the sixth edition of the “Next Generation 911 Standards Identification and Review,” a compilation of next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) standards.

While the program is not a standard-setting body, it collaborates with nearly 40 different standards development organizations (SDOs) to catalog and describe a variety of current or upcoming NG 9-1-1-related standards. The report strives to help 9-1-1 industry stakeholders understand available standards, identify overlap between different standards, and provide a gap analysis to identify areas where standards are lacking.

"The National 911 Program is tasked with coordinating and sharing information to support optimal 9-1-1 services nationwide," said Laurie Flaherty, National 911 Program coordinator. "This report collates the good work of the standards development organizations to provide the most current and complete picture of available standards that impact NG 9-1-1 implementation."

The document gives 9-1-1 leaders easy access to a robust list of standards that will support informed decisions for an effective and efficient transition to NG 9-1-1. The report includes a "what's new" section that identifies standards added or updated in 2016.

In addition to identifying hundreds of NG 9-1-1-related standards, it also provides insights on the different types of standards, information about how they are developed and accredited, and a description of why NG 9-1-1 standards are necessary. The report also addresses categories where additional standard development is needed, including access and origination networks, call signaling, call routing, call logging, and geographic information systems (GIS) and other call attribute data.

The National 911 Program, which has published five previous editions of the report since 2011, remains committed to updating the report annually. The report is available here.

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