Software Supplier Creates NG 9-1-1 Test Bed in Canada
Monday, September 24, 2018 | Comments

NGA 911 began next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) testing with a Canadian first responder agency. The NGA 911 test bed provides a secure platform for running thousands of detailed tests.

The test bed removes ambiguities and misunderstandings among the various telecommunications providers, the existing 9-1-1 carriers, public-safety answering points (PSAPs) and equipment vendors by providing a hands-on, collaborative experience.

To assist the transition to this new technology, NGA 911 maintains a complete, customizable suite of NG9-1-1 Core Services (NGCS) operating from a secure cloud environment. These services form a test bed that can be quickly connected to a variety of National Emergency Number Association (NENA) i3-compliant 9-1-1 call-answering positions from different vendors.

The test bed, combined with NGA 911's experience and knowledge, as well as an extensive set of test and evaluation tools, will be used to assist PSAPs with the transition from legacy 9-1-1 call delivery system to a more efficient and reliable IP-based technology. The new call delivery networks are known as emergency services IP networks (ESInets), which use the latest standards and capabilities provided by NGCS to deliver multimedia calls to the PSAP.

"We have found that there is a lot of confusion about NG 9-1-1, so we created a test bed where all the stakeholders can get hands-on experience and figure out how things really work,” said NGA 911 CEO Don Ferguson. “We look forward to collaborating with PSAPs, carriers and vendors across North America for a smooth transition to the new NG 9-1-1 technologies."

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