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NENA Seeks Participants for Spring 2016 Next Generation 9-1-1 Test Event

Tuesday, September 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Nussman
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NENA’s Next Generation 9-1-1 Industry Collaboration Event (ICE) series provides the opportunity for 9-1-1 equipment and service providers to come together to test products and services in an open, supportive, and collaborative environment. You are invited to participate in the upcoming  ICE 7, which will focus on the testing of smartphone applications for 9-1-1; usage scenarios for the Emergency Incident Data Document (EIDD); and the transfer of additional caller data beyond callback number, location information, and GIS/mapping.

Because so many smartphone applications are being developed so rapidly by many different developers who may not be aware of existing or emerging 9-1-1 and NG9-1-1 standards, the need for a test event that ensures applications compatibility with current and future systems is clear. The ultimate question to be addressed during the applications portion of ICE 7 is: How do we open-up 9-1-1 to rapid application advancements, while maintaining the universality required for success? The applications portions of the event are currently expected to involve two test scenarios:

  1. Applications interfacing with existing PSAPs in conformance with standards developed by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), and
  2. Applications interfacing with NG9-1-1 Core Services (NGCS) in conformance with NG9-1-1 standards developed by NENA.

This will provide information to vendors and the public safety community at large about how applications can interface with today’s PSAPs, as well as NG9-1-1 Core Services, all while adhering to established and/or pending standards.

Further ICE 7 work will focus on testing the EIDD against existing and emerging standards to ascertain required interoperability between and among vendor-supplied systems. The EIDD specifies the data requirements of incident information that must be shareable among disparate systems to support such tasks as reporting new calls, sharing updated incident information, query and response functions, and transferring of calls.

The final anticipated portion of ICE 7 will test additional data associated with a 9-1-1 call. IETF has developed a schema for this data, which should be available for development and testing by the time of ICE 7.

NENA invites all interested vendors and entities that have a stake in improving 9-1-1 and emergency services access to participate in ICE 7. Application developers, CAD/RMS vendors, and the entire NG9-1-1 vendor community should consider participating in this event and in the activities of the ICE 7 planning committee, which will be convened in the near future.

If you would like to participate in ICE 7, please contact Delaine Arnold . The ICE team will hold its first kick-off meeting on 10/23 at 11AM Eastern for an anticipated spring 2016 event. Additional Information may be found at