DSS Prepares for NG 9-1-1 Recording Tests (6/1/10)
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 | Comments

DSS completed next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) interoperability testing with 17 other vendors at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) second Industry Collaboration Event (ICE 2) and is now preparing to test its NG 9-1-1 recording solution in ICE 8, an event focused on recording and logging interfaces. The tests will begin June 7 and span seven months, with a new phase of tests starting about every six weeks.

According to DSS Chief Technologist Michael Smith, who was appointed by NENA to chair the planning committee, ICE 8 tests will be conducted remotely and include vendors of every type of NG 9-1-1 equipment. Smith’s ICE 8 Planning Committee has been working for almost two months to prepare the test scenarios and define four phases of tests:

    • Phase 1 will test recording of NG 9-1-1 communications via a conference bridge initiated by another vendor’s NG 9-1-1 element, including customer premise equipment (CPE), gateway, routing proxy and border controller elements.

    • Phase 2 will test the NENA standard event logging capability. Each NG 9-1-1 element must log events on the recorder, creating a complete record of the call and incident.

    • Phase 3 will test the NENA standard query, retrieval and playback interfaces.

    • Phase 4 will test logging of additional events created within a dispatch center that are now being defined in the standards development groups, including emergency incident data.

According to Smith, this first remote ICE event could be used as a pattern for future events, allowing tests to be conducted without participants having to travel to a test facility. “We always felt it would be possible to do these tests remotely,” Smith said. “After all, NG 9-1-1 is all about networking, so it shouldn’t matter where the elements are located.”

So far, eight recording vendors agreed to participate in the planning and testing, and Smith expects the majority of equipment vendors will join, based on the interest expressed so far.

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