NENA applauds the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission’s recent adoption of the NENA i3 Standard as the
sole architecture for Next Generation 9-1-1 services in Canada. The
Commission’s approval of recommendations made by the CRTC Interconnection Steering
Committee’s (CISC) and Emergency Services Working Group (EWG) is a major step
toward the deployment of NG9-1-1 in Canada. This decision follows many months
of education and advocacy by NENA leaders throughout Canada, and will provide a
clear path forward for all 9-1-1 stakeholders as they make the transition to
Internet-Protocol-based NG9-1-1 services.
Canada’s adoption of the i3 Standard, which is also used in
other nations, will help ensure wider interoperability of 9-1-1 networks,
equipment, systems and devices across Canada, North America, and the world. The
CRTC’s decision will specifically facilitate trans-border collaboration between
U.S. and Canadian public safety authorities, as they work together to save
lives and protect property. NENA looks forward to working further with Canadian
authorities as they implement the i3 Standard.