First Transcontinental Emergency Calling Interoperability Plugtest Announced
Friday, March 20, 2020 | Comments

The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) announced that its ninth Industry Collaboration Event (ICE 9) will be combined with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's (ETSI) and European Emergency Number Association's (EENA) fourth next-generation 1-1-2 (NG 1-1-2) PlugTest. NENA called the event the first transcontinental interoperability testing event for next-generation NG 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) and NG 1-1-2 emergency calling.

NENA, EENA and ETSI will continue to work through 2020 to plan for the ICE 9 + NG112 Plugtest 4 event. More details about the event, including a call for vendor participation, is forthcoming.

This event will be volunteer driven, with charter, objectives, test scenarios and findings developed through NENA’s ICE planning and steering committees, ETSI and EENA. NENA's ICE 9 coordination will be led by Chair Brooks Shannon of RapidDeploy and Vice Chair Bill Roche from Mission Critical Partners.

The ICE 9 + NG112 PlugTest 4 event will focus on international and global interoperability testing through jointly sponsored tests between NENA and ETSI/EENA. This event will cover a variety of scenarios including:
• Emergency Services IP network (ESInet)/next-generation core services (NGCS) interoperability testing between U.S. and European environments, with testing taking place between the NENA ICE 9 lab and the ETSI PlugTest 4 lab;
• Voice communications interoperability NG9-1-1 and NG112 core services;
• Testing of international peering scenarios and data interchange challenges/issues;
• Internet of things (IoT) and automatic/non-interactive emergency calls; and
• Initial conformance testing of global implementations compared to normative standards including the NENA i3 standards the ETSI emergency telecommunications (EMTEL) specification.

“This collaboration is key to improving emergency calling services worldwide,” said Monica Million, NENA president. “By working together with our global partners, we can take next-generation emergency-calling services to the next level. Through international events like this, our commercial partners can realize a global economy of scale while our public-safety members can leverage increased vendor competition and a greater diversity of technical solutions when designing and deploying life-saving next-generation 9-1-1 and 1-1-2 systems.”

NENA first discussed ICE 9 in 2018. More information on ETSI’s emergency calling specifications is here.

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