APCO, NENA Reach Consensus on NENA’s i3 NG 9-1-1 Standard
Friday, August 04, 2017 | Comments

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and the National Emergency Number Association, which earlier this year had sparred over whether the NENA i3 next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) protocol is an official standard, reached a “consensus.”

In an email to members, the groups said the executive committee and executive director/CEO of APCO International met with the chair officers and CEO of NENA July 29.

“The collegial and productive meeting resulted in consensus by both associations for the need for all NG 9-1-1 technologies to be both interoperable and interconnected including equipment currently described as NENA i3 ‘compliant,’ ” the email said. “The two associations also discussed and agreed on the need for federal funding to enable state and local governments to transition to next-generation technologies, as well as the need for consistent and transparent messaging concerning the current state of NG 9-1-1 equipment offerings.”

In March, NENA said a statement from APCO attempted to cast doubt on its i3 NG 9-1-1 architecture standard. NENA said the current revision of i3 (revision 2) was developed using NENA’s American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards processes; however, NENA chose not to make revision 2 a candidate American National Standard because NENA said it wanted more experience with ANSI processes before submitting a standard of i3’s complexity.

The NENA Development Group is working on i3 revision 3, using the same ANSI-accredited process. NENA notified ANSI in 2015 that this revision will be a candidate American National Standard.

The Aug. 4 joint email — signed by APCO President Cheryl Greathouse and NENA President Rob McMullen — said more information will be available in the next 30 to 60 days.

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