APCO to Revise Standard for Wireless 9-1-1 Deployment, Management
Tuesday, January 02, 2018 | Comments

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International filed a project initiation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and issued a call for writing group members to participate in the revision of the APCO American National Standard (ANS) for wireless 9-1-1 deployment and management effective practices.

The revision will ensure that the standard continues to provide public-safety answering point (PSAP) managers with a better understanding of the wireless 9-1-1 technology application and the ability to better manage wireless calls as well as first responder expectations.

“Wireless callers now far surpass wireline callers, and the challenges related to location accuracy continue,” said Martha Carter, president of APCO International. “This revision will ensure that PSAP managers have the most current information related to wireless 9-1-1 deployments and related effective practices.”

APCO International is looking for a well-balanced group that will include contributions from technical and operational subject matter experts. The time and day that the writing group will meet are yet to be established. It is anticipated that the writing group will meet via bi-weekly one-hour conference calls for the duration of the project.

All interested persons should complete the online application and indicate their preference for this writing group at Wireless 9-1-1 Deployment & Management Effective Practices. Application deadline is Jan. 29. Selections will be made within two weeks of the deadline, and all applicants will be notified of their status.

Separately, APCO is reaffirming and seeking comments on a candidate ANS that enables disparate PSAPs and other authorized agencies to share incident disposition information.

Candidate ANS APCO 1.111.2-201X Public Safety Communications Disposition Codes for Data Exchange is open for public review and comment through Feb. 12.

“This standard established a standardized incident disposition code list which enables agencies to exchange vital incident information,” Carter said. “Revising or reaffirming our standards every five years ensures APCO standards such as Common Disposition Codes for Data Exchange are up to date and relevant.”

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