Southern Illinois Consortium Petitions for NG 9-1-1 Pilot (2/16/12)
Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Comments

The Counties of Southern Illinois (CSI) submitted a petition for authorization to conduct a regional next-generation 9-1-1 pilot project to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The filing is the latest milestone toward implementing the vision for improved public safety shared by the citizens of the region.

CSI comprises 16 emergency telephone service boards (ETSBs) in southern Illinois that have been operating through intergovernmental agreements as a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

“Over five years ago, we realized that 9-1-1 systems had outlived the circuit-switched-based networks that have facilitated 9-1-1 call delivery for the last 20 years,” said CSI Project Manager Pat Lustig. “New technologies and consumer expectations were leading the way. There could only be one choice — transition to this new IP architecture.”

NG-911 was selected to lead the project. The petition describes CSI’s plan for the pilot project, including the design of its emergency services IP network (ESInet), databases and data management processes, based on standards developed by the National Emergency Numbering Association (NENA).

Assure911.net, a supplier of reliability design solutions, designed the CSI ESInet. NENA’s support and guidance helped the Assure911 team design the new system to be compliant with the standards. Assure911 conducted testing of its design, using the Real Time Communications Lab (RTCL) at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

The ESInet will reside on the broadband network being deployed across southern Illinois by Clearwave Communications, a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grantee. Clearwave is in the midst of a multiyear buildout of a fiber-based network that will connect hundreds of schools, hospitals and other public institutions in southern Illinois to the Internet. The ICC has at least 180 days to consider whether to approve the petition.

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