Industry Affiliations

RedSky is an active participant in Emergency Communications industry associations and the various standards committees that are defining the future of E911 and NG9-1-1.

9-1-1 Industry Alliance

The 9-1-1 Industry Alliance ("9IA") was established in December 2005 by a group of prominent industry leaders. The vision of the organization's founders is that 9IA will play an important role as the voice of industry companies on major public policy issues, and that the expertise of industry leaders can assist public policymakers and government emergency communications professionals as complex choices are made regarding advanced 9-1-1 alternatives in the years ahead.

Aruba Networks
Aruba is the global leader in distributed enterprise networks. Its award-winning portfolio of campus, branch/teleworker, and mobile solutions simplify operations and secure access to all corporate applications and services – regardless of the user's device, location, or network. RedSky and Aruba have introduced a new API between E911 Manager® and the WLAN that updates the location of every voice-capable device on the WLAN in real-time. This enables E911 Manager® to deliver E911 protection to voice-over-Wi-Fi devices using a rich feature set superior to previously-available alternatives based on IP addressing.

Intrado is the leading provider of 911 database management for the public safety market and incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) and VoIP Carriers. RedSky is working with Intrado to deliver new nationwide E911 location and call routing solutions for private switch owners that support remote and mobile workers and branch offices using VoIP.

E9-1-1 Institute
The E9-1-1 Institute is an active public policy organization in Washington D.C that works with Congress and the industry to raise awareness of 911 issues at the FCC and with other policy makers. RedSky works closely with this organization to educate its constituencies about the challenges of providing E911 protection in multi-line telephone systems and makes recommendations for consistent policymaking.

The National Emergency Number Association is a nationally recognized advocacy group for standardized procedures and policies that support 9-1-1 calling in the U.S. RedSky is working with NENA to develop the next generation architecture for nationwide 9-1-1 calling and location identification.

APCO International
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International represents 9-1-1 emergency responders, dispatch centers and public safety answering points around the country. APCO represents the nation's first responders in local communities. RedSky works with APCO at this local level to help customers understand and meet regional E911 requirements.

The Network Reliability and Interoperability Council develops recommendations for the FCC on next-generation technology and architecture solutions for VoIP 911 calling solutions. RedSky participates on NRIC committees and provides leadership on regulations for enterprise and MLTS (multi-line telephone systems).

Standards Committees

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution and smooth operation of the Internet and its architecture. The mission of the IETF is to produce high quality, relevant technical and engineering documents including protocol standards and best practices that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet in such a way as to make the Internet work better. RedSky participates in IETF working groups focusing on the standards and protocols for IP-based Emergency Calling including the Session Initiation Protocol SIP) Working Group (WG), the Geographic Location/Privacy (GEOPRIV) WG, and the Emergency Context Resolution with Internet Technologies (ECRIT) WG. By participating in the IETF, RedSky gains early insight and influence on the developing standards that may impact the functionality of our E911 solutions for our enterprise and service provider customers.

The Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions (ATIS) is a United States based body that is committed to rapidly developing and promoting technical and operations standards for the communications and related information technologies industry worldwide using a pragmatic, flexible and open approach. Over 1,100 industry professionals from more than 350 communications companies actively participate in ATIS. ATIS develops standards and solutions addressing a wide range of industry issues in a manner that allocates and coordinates industry resources and produces the greatest return for communications companies. ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

ATIS/ESIF is the primary venue for the telecommunications industry, public safety and other stakeholders to generate and refine both technical and operational interconnection issues to ensure life-saving E911 services are available for everyone in all situations. ESIF enables many different telecommunications entities to fully cooperate and interconnect with each other to determine the best practices and solutions necessary to effectively and promptly deploy E911 services nationwide. ESIF's mission is to provide a forum to facilitate the identification and resolution of both technical and operational issues related to the interconnection of wireline, wireless, cable, satellites, and Internet networks and emergency services networks. RedSky is an active member of ATIS/ESIF, especially its Next Generation Emergency Services (NGES) Working Group to ensure that our products are in line with new technology protocols and standards.