In just over two years, the number of NENA NG Partner Program members has more than doubled. Collective guidance and input from these entities has proven invaluable across multiple initiatives and projects. Numerous action items and recommendations from organized NGPP meetings have been incorporated into a broad spectrum of NENA operational, policy and technical groups and other industry efforts. While NGPP output (including topic meeting reports, white papers and the annual summary report) document many remaining questions and challenges related to NG9-1-1, the overall knowledge base and appreciation of the importance of the issue continues to rapidly expand. In addition to increased awareness of NG9-1-1, more specificity and detail around a multitude of operational, technical and policy issues are being developed as part of a detailed NG9-1-1 project plan. 2006 Annual Report
Transitioning Emergency Communications into the Next Generation
Program partners, NENA staff, and invited content experts met face to face for a series of eight topic area meetings in 2006. Each meeting focused on a different topic – funding, data, call routing/location, education, requirements/standards, demos/trials/IP network deployments, interoperability, and disaster planning. The consensus that emerged from each of the meetings was recorded and distributed. Those reports, representing the perspective of each group, were synthesized to focus on the common themes that emerged.
It is important to note that many of the topic area discussions were occurring at the same time that critical developments in the industry required immediate action and recommendations. NENA and the program partners acted in concert to address these issues as they arose.
The name of the NG E9-1-1 Program has been changed to NG Partner Program.NENA’s NG Partner Program’s primary objective is to accelerate planning, enabling and implementation of NG9-1-1 through partnerships between business, government and other interested parties. This effort, while focused on NG9-1-1, requires a coordinated approach to remove roadblocks and meet general emergency communications infrastructure needs.
It is not sufficient to merely develop standards and plans for the technical structure and capabilities of future emergency communications networks and systems. In order to accomplish NG9-1-1 goals promptly, parallel work is required to minimize critical path timeframes. Major critical gaps/enabling factors include:t
- Changing public policy to fit technological realities.
- Resolving jurisdictional issues at the local, state and federal levels.
- Converging actions across the nation on testing, pilot programs and first applications.
- Acceleration of needed standards to support NG9-1-1 development.
- Revising funding methodology and accelerating the availability of needed resources.
- Developing technical policy and protocols for interoperability among agencies
- Developing network and systems operations, methods and procedures, as well as rigorous testing.
- Educating and expanding the viewpoints of stakeholders, including the public which is also critical to progress in other areas of public safety.
NG Partner Program Meeting Summaries
NENA convened the seventh and eighth topic area meetings of the 2006NG Partner Program on December 5th and 6th, 2006, at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, VA. The two-day meeting was facilitated by NENA Development Director Bob Cobb. Representatives from 35 NG Program partner organizations were present.
NENA convened the fifth and sixth topic area meetings of the 2006NG Partner Program on October 31 and November 1, 2006, at the Hilton Hotel in Arlington, VA. The two-day meeting was facilitated by NENA Development Director Bob Cobb. Representatives from 23 NG Program partner organizations were present.
On June 11, 2006, the NENA NGProgram partners met at the DavidL.LawrenceConvention Center, Pittsburgh, PA. In this all-day NG9-1-1 education-focused session, several recommendations and action items were identified.
The data, location and call routing topic area sessions of the 2006 Next GenerationPartner Program were held on April 12-13, 2006at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, TN. The two-day meeting was jointly facilitated by David Aylward (COMCARE) and Barry Bishop (Neustar). Representatives from 16 NGProgram partner organizations were present.
The March 9, 2006, funding sessionfor the 2006 NGPartner Program focused on applying the principles generatedby the October 2005 meeting of the Policy Roundtable to generatea more detailed, or set, of possible models thatthe federal or state governments shouldconsider. The discussion focused primarily on how to pay for the migration to and the sustainability of a fully IP-enabled NG 9-1-1 system. Little emphasis was placed on current funding problems (e.g. how VoIP service providers pay into current 9-1-1 system) other than how current issues affect migration to an NG 9-1-1 system. Download Report
2006 Program Partners
IL NENA & APCO
InterAct Public Safety Systems
L. Robert Kimball and Associates
Level 3 Communications
MotorolaNational Academies of Emergency Dispatch
Texas 9-1-1 Alliance
Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications