Utah Selects Federal Engineering to Help with NG 9-1-1 Transition
Monday, June 04, 2018 | Comments

The State of Utah awarded Federal Engineering a contract to support the Utah Communications Authority as it moves toward next generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1).

The Authority is an independent state agency that provides and maintains a public-safety communications network on a statewide basis for the benefit and use of local, state, and federal agencies. The authority promotes best practices for the handling of 9-1-1 calls and financially supports public-safety answering points (PSAPs) that comply with these best practices.

“Utah’s current 9-1-1 system was initially developed using wireline technology that cannot support the transmission of text messages, pictures, and video,” said David Edmunds, the authority’s executive director. “The authority is migrating to NG 9-1-1 to meet these and other emerging needs of our constituents.”

Under the contract, Federal Engineering will:
• Learn and become extremely familiar with the existing 9-1-1 system within Utah and the PSAPs and dispatch centers across the state in order to assist the authority with a plan for an emergency services IP network (ESInet) upgrade, a 9-1-1 telephone network and a customer premises equipment (CPE)-hosted solution, and to prepare a request for proposals (RFP) for the upgrade.
• Assist the authority with any contractual or technical decisions and discussions with the eventual awarded NG 9-1-1 system network provider.
• Assist in answering questions from potential vendors during the RFP process.

“The authority requires assistance in the development of an RFP to secure a vendor to provide and install an i3 compliant ESInet, as well as a vendor to provide and install an i3-compliant hosted CPE solution that includes a 9-1-1 telephone network,” said Quinton Stephens, general counsel and deputy director for the authority. “Via a competitive procurement process, the authority sought assistance from a known firm in the industry for the whole of this project, from the creation of the RFP through the execution of a contract or contracts with the selected vendor, and everything in between. Federal Engineering’s proposal clearly demonstrated they were the superior choice. Not only do they have the required background, their proposed approach is exactly what we were asking for.”

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