NENA is dedicated to ensuring that the goals of NG9-1-1, both technical and non-technical, are met. NENA views a range of testing programs as a critical component to accomplishing standards based NG9-1-1. NENA understands that it is the vendors of NG9-1-1 elements that will ultimately deliver the interoperability NG9-1-1 promises. Therefore, NG9-1-1 testing events sponsored by NENA are aimed at supporting the vendors in their testing with each other. These Industry Collaboration Events (ICE) bring together vendors in an open, supportive, and collaborative, environment that foster a spirit of technical cooperation. Taking part in or success in testing at an ICE event does not confer any formal NENA certification for a vendor’s products.
NENA thanks the following companies for their participation in Industry Collaboration Events and welcomes any vendor involved in implementing the NENA i3 solution and NG9-1-1.
Oracle (formerly ACME Packet)
Rave Mobile Safety
Airbus DS Communications
TriTech Software Systems
Digital Data Technologies Inc
microDATA (now TCS)
Voice Print International (VPI)
While NENA has played a central role in the creation of the ICE program, it is our intent to include all stakeholder groups and we are open to partnering with other industry organizations in the creation and implementation of this program. This is evidenced by the makeup of the NG9-1-1 ICE Steering Committee which has seats representing the vendors, government users & buyers, other industry associations, government organizations, NENA Development Group Leadership, and NENA Senior Staff. The Data Gathering & Reporting Committee is responsible for reporting test results.
The ICE Steering Committee is charged with overseeing all planning and execution of these testing events.
Each ICE has a focus for the testing to be done. ICE 1 brought together vendors that are delivering NG9-1-1 elements that locate, route, and answer IP calls. ICE 2 focused on Transitional Elements that are defined to facilitate the migration from the current 9-1-1 system to NG9-1-1. ICE 3 focused on location information. Future events are being planned by the ICE Steering Committee with input from participating vendors.
Government organizations and their consultants are encouraged to support this program by adding questions related to participation in the events to any RFI or RFP they develop. Boilerplate for this has been developed and is in use by multiple jurisdictions.Recently, the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA) has endorsed this effort and encourages all vendors to participate.
Roger Hixson – NENA Technical Issues Director - 202.618.4405
ICE Steering Committee:
The Steering committee is charged with planning and executing a series Industry Collaboration Events in support of the overall NENA NG9-1-1Project.This body deals primarily with setting the direction and expectations for the events.It is composed of representatives of all major stakeholder groups.It is empowered to create committees as it sees fit.
Bill Mertka, Chair - iCERT
Jason Horning, Vice-Chair - Transitional Deployment of NG
Paul Mallett - Next Gen Partner users
Terry McLarty - Next Gen Partner commercial member
Michael Smith - Next Gen Partner commercial member
Christian Militeau - iCERT
Roger Hixson - NENA Staff
Mike Vislocky - NENA Development Steering Council
Pete Eggimann - NENA Development Steering Council
Steve Wisely - APCO
Wolfgang Kampichler - EENA
Ron Bloom – NENA Executive Board Liaison
Delaine Arnold - NENA Committee Resource Manager
The most important topics the Steering Committee deals with include the following:
What will be tested?
Using i3 as a "roadmap”, how should the overall architecture be segmented for test purposes?
What aspects of NG 9-1-1 are most important to test?
Are the underlying standards in place to test?
Do the other characteristics of the segments being focused on lend themselves to an Interoperability event?
How will testing be done?
Will all the vendors come together in one place at one time or will this be a virtual event?
What will the test scripts look like?
What information/results will be collected?
What information will be released, to whom, and in what format?