E911 Technology Standards

Department of Transportation NexGen E911 Project

The goal of the Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) initiative is to enable the transmission of voice, data, or video from different types of communication devices to the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and onto emergency responder networks. The initiative's three phases will:

Engage stakeholders. Leverage Wireless E9-1-1 Initiative activities, ongoing work of other National and Federal 9-1-1 projects, and involve necessary stakeholders through a variety of outreach efforts.
Establish the vision. Partner with public safety agencies and the telecommunications industry to achieve a concept of operations and user requirements for an Internet/multimedia-capable 9-1-1 system.
Define the future. Define the system architecture and develop a transition plan that considers responsibilities, costs, schedule and benefits for deploying the NG9-1-1 System across the Nation.

Part of the NG9-1-1 project is a proof of concept (POC) test, designed to demonstrate some of the concepts developed by the Initiative project team (Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Prime Contractor; NENA, L. Robert Kimball & Associates, and Texas A&M University, subcontractors). Completed in July 2008, the POC test involved demonstrations of Next Generation 9-1-1 capabilities, including technologies from RedSky. Real-time location determination, and transmittal of location information in-band in SIP signaling to demonstration of “next generation” Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) was demonstrated at several participating PSAPs around the country. The RedSky Network Location Information Server (N-LIS) was an integral part of these tests.

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