9-1-1 & Tech Industry Experts Successfully Test 21st Century 9-1-1 Capabilities & Features
Alexandria, VA – Last week, representatives from more than two dozen public safety service providers came together to test the features that would enable 9-1-1 centers across the country to keep pace with consumer technologies and introduce multimedia “call” capabilities, allowing text, images, and real-time video to be sent from those in need of emergency assistance directly to 9-1-1 call takers.
This Industry Collaboration Event, dubbed “ICE 8”, focused on testing interfaces for logging of processing events and recording NG9-1-1 multimedia and call data, as well as interfaces for retrieving and reproducing both. NENA’s “i3” NG9-1-1 standard specifies the system interfaces that were tested at ICE 8.
RedSky Technologies participated in this important event with its Horizon® Next Generation 9-1-1 functional elements. “Participation in our fifth ICE event has made our products better through the testing and sharing knowledge with other vendors.” said Jerry Eisner, ENP, Group Director – Public Safety. “The event offers an open atmosphere to share thoughts and opinions that lead to clarity in the NENA specifications through the sharing of interpretation of the draft standards.”
“Through the ICE initiative, NENA is proud to provide a space for all relevant players to come together in an open, collaborative atmosphere to test the products and services that will ultimately enable Next Generation 9-1-1 and improve emergency responses for all citizens in need,” said NENA President Bernard Brown, ENP. “We thank the Illinois Institute of Technology for hosting this critical event and INdigital for assisting in establishing the network connectivity between participants.”
Additional ICE program details are available at www.nena.org/ice.
About NENA: The 9-1-1 Association
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) serves its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. The association works with public policy leaders; emergency services and telecommunications industry partners; like-minded public safety associations; and other stakeholder groups to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives to improve 9-1-1; to facilitate the creation of an IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 system; and to establish industry leading standards, training, and certifications. Find out more at www.nena.org.