E911 Technology Standards
RedSky is an active participant in the industry standards committees that define the how E911 will work in support of SIP and Unified Communication clients and how location will play an ever-expanding role in wireless and wired applications.
Listed below are the standards committees and an explanation of the type of standards that they are developing.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual. The goal of the IETF is to make the Internet work better. The mission of the IETF is to produce high quality, relevant technical and engineering documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet in such a way as to make the Internet work better. These documents include protocol standards, best current practices, and informational documents of various kinds. The actual technical work of the IETF is done in its working groups, which are organized by topic into several areas (e.g., routing, transport, security, etc.). IETF working groups focusing on IP-based Emergency Calling Standards and protocols, in which RedSky participates, include the Session Initiation Protocol SIP) Working Group (WG), the Geographic Location/Privacy (GEOPRIV) WG, and the Emergency Context Resolution with Internet Technologies (ECRIT) WG.
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’ 22 industry committees and incubator solutions programs. 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).
The ATIS Emergency Services Interconnection Forum (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 E9-1-1 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 E9-1-1 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.
The vision for the Next-Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) network has been defined as a standards-based SIP network that connects PSAPs together and enables voice, data, text and video emergency traffic. Leading industry emergency service providers, working under the umbrella of the NENA i3 standard, have developed and tested interoperable network elements for NG9-1-1. 9-1-1 Authorities and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) now are charged with the planning and implementation of NG9-1-1 networks for city, county and state emergency services networks.
RedSky has been an active participant in the i3 standards development process including the proof-of-concept testing of network components that validated the NG9-1-1 architecture and helped define the future of this country’s emergency communications networks.
NENA is the National Emergency Number Association. NENA's mission is to foster the technological advancement, availability and implementation of a universal emergency telephone number system (9-1-1). In carrying out its mission, NENA promotes research, planning, training and education. The protection of human life, the preservation of property, and the maintenance of general community security are among NENA's objectives.
Serving as a link in the delivery of emergency services, 9-1-1 has, throughout its evolution, become recognized as an asset of the North American public. And the NENA organization has been connected to 9-1-1 every step of the way. From assisting and promoting new system installations, to educating managers on the latest technologies and business practices, NENA and its members have been intertwined with 9-1-1 during the growth and development of the 9-1-1 systems in North America. NENA is proud to share this heritage, and as an organization, we are uniquely positioned to take 9-1-1 to new heights and to meet new challenges.
Through its Technical and Operations Committees, NG9-1-1 Partner Program, and participation in the USDOT NG9-1-1 program, NENA is working with other industry SDOs to develop standards and best practices for implementing and operation NG9-1-1. Building upon the standards and recommendations NENA has developed over the years for traditional 9-1-1 communication systems, NENA’s i2 and i3 IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 architectures represent a consensus-based solution to insuring that 9-1-1 systems can meet the challenges of the “IP revolution,” including multimedia inputs to PSAPs and real-time, higher accuracy location requirements for ultra-mobile IP devices.
APCO International is the world's largest organization dedicated to public safety communications. In existence since 1935 - far longer than any other public safety communications association, its more than 15,000 members rely on APCO for their professional needs - from examining standards and issues to providing education, products and services.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) is a member driven association of communications professionals that provides leadership; influences public safety communications decisions of government and industry; promotes professional development; and, fosters the development and use of technology for the benefit of the public.
APCO works with other organizations like NENA to develop standards, best practices and recommendations for emergency communications professionals. As an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Developer (ASD), APCO International is dedicated to ensuring public safety communications has a role in the development of standards that affect our industry. APCO’s standards development activities have a broad scope, ranging from the actual development of standards to the representation of public safety communications in other standards development areas.