ETSI Completes Emergency Communications Interoperability Testing Event
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | Comments

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) successfully completed its international emergency communications interoperability testing event. The event ran from 22 February to 5 March and included 285 test pairings, with 87% demonstrating interoperability.

The tests were run both in Europe and across the Atlantic to assess the compatibility of products for mission-critical public-safety services. The remote event was a cooperation between ETSI, the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and for the first time, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).

Vendors of emergency communications equipment connected to test next-generation 1-1-2 (NG 1-1-2) and next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technologies, responding to the increasing requirements and demands of content-rich, IP-based emergency calling. Stakeholders included next-generation core services (NGCS) vendors, forest guide developers, user agents, mobile operators and call handling vendors.

Government bodies, policymakers and local authorities also joined in to discuss implementation in their countries. Participants tested components of the emergency communication chain such as location and location-based call routing, audio, video, real-time text, policy-based routing and core services based on ETSI TS 103 479, developed by the ETSI EMTEL Special Committee.

“ETSI and EENA are delighted to have collaborated on this milestone intercontinental testing event,” said Cristina Lumbreras, technical director at EENA and chair of the ETSI EMTEL committee. “Crossing borders and oceans, the event helped to ensure efficient, interoperable emergency communications for all citizens. We believe that the testing will make a significant contribution to public safety in Europe and the USA, driving forward the implementation of lifesaving next-generation communications in our continents. NG 1-1-2 is already transforming emergency response, improving accessibility to emergency services and allowing interconnections between public safety answering points (PSAPs). However, for next-generation communications to function effectively, standardization and interoperability are crucial.”

For the first time, testing sessions were carried out across the Atlantic in conjunction with NENA's ICE 9 event, the first test of emergency call routing across international borders using voice, video and text to simulate international roaming scenarios. ICE 9 participants validated compliance with current NG 9-1-1 and NG 1-1-2 standards, namely ETSI TS 103 479, gaining knowledge that only collaborative, multiparty testing can provide.

“These first-ever international NG 9-1-1 and NG 1-1-2 tests allow us to evaluate our consensus-based standards internationally,” said NENA president Gary Bell. “This enables public safety to not only interoperate internationally but also to expand the field of technical solutions available to organizations in the United States and Europe.”

To enable this fully remote Plugtests, Hub for Interoperability and Validation at ETSI (HIVE) nomad solutions have been deployed in the U.S. for a transatlantic link. HIVE provides remote access to all participants. Based on firewall/router equipment, HIVE is totally independent, aside from ETSI infrastructure, and managed by its own rules and constraints.

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On 4/13/21, MANSOUR said:
I am personnelly happy to have reacted to European commission STI decision regarding ecall 112 as was going to be circuit switched to become packet switched Call instead.
This was backed by an April 2010 note adressed by French transport secretary to the commission.

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