Virginia County Deploys AT&T ESINet for NG 9-1-1
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | Comments

Fairfax County (Virginia) Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC), the county’s 9-1-1 center and largest public-safety answering point (PSAP) in Virginia, transitioned to an emergency services IP network (ESINet) from AT&T. The National Capital Region will now have next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) for better call routing accuracy and reduced response times.

AT&T ESInet is built on AT&T’s network, and the IP-based call routing service uses i3 standards from the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) to modernize decades-old 9-1-1 infrastructure.

The new network in Fairfax County supports traditional 9-1-1 operations while providing the secure foundation that it needs to support citizens’ future 9-1-1 needs. For example, NG 9-1-1 allows for a richer stream of media such as pictures and streaming media to be available to 9-1-1 in the future, which can lead to better public-safety responses.

With geospatial routing, Fairfax County can now adjust its service boundaries to accommodate planned special events, festivals or unforeseen situations. NG 9-1-1 also improves 9-1-1’s resiliency, flexibility and adaptability in the face of natural disasters and network outages. And when calls spike, AT&T ESInet can automatically distribute calls to neighboring PSAPs, which can lead to improved 9-1-1 call management. This will make it easier for PSAPs to be more responsive to emergencies.

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