NENA Forms NG9-1-1 Transition Group (10/27)
Friday, October 27, 2006 | Comments
NENA formed a joint technical and operations working group focused on the development of a next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) system and public-safety answering point (PSAP) transition plan. This effort is an additional component of an overall NG9-1-1 project plan that will provide a detailed roadmap of present and future activities toward the transition to a NG9-1-1 system and the subsequent operation of that system. The overall project plan is intended to cover phased replacement of the current E9-1-1 system with an internetworked, IP-based NG9-1-1, with greatly expanded capabilities for emergency call/message handling, multimedia emergency communications, and data acquisition, management, and sharing. The Department of Transportation is also on the verge of beginning work on a NG9-1-1 initiative that will include coordinated development and proof-of-concept trial activities in 2007-2008. NENA is also working with multiple national and international standards bodies to integrate NENA requirements and design into the universe of IP communications development, within which NG9-1-1 systems will have to operate. NENA's approach is targeted toward significant NG9-1-1 transition and implementation in the United States and Canada starting in 2008.  The forthcoming NENA NG9-1-1 project plan will provide a more detailed analysis of needed activities and the timeframes within which they should be completed in an effort to effectively and efficiently implement NG9-1-1.

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