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. If the video link does not open at the top of this page, you may do directly here to view an actual event occurring.
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.
Rave Mobile Safety
Airbus DS Communications
West Public Safety
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.
Illinois Institute of Technology, School of Applied Technology,
Real-Time Communications Lab, Wheaton, Illinois
Each ICE has a focus for the testing to be done. By selecting each event shown above you will find more details on the event itself and what was tested.
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 of Industry Collaboration Events in support of the overall NENA NG9-1-1Project and is governed by the NENA NG9-1-1 Industry Collaboration Events Governance and Process document..This body deals primarily with setting the direction and expectations for the events. It is composed of representatives of all major stakeholder groups and is empowered to create committees as it sees fit.
Bill Mertka, Chair - NG9-1-1 Vendor
Jason Horning, Vice-Chair - NG9-1-1 User
Terry McLarty - NG9-1-1 Vendor
Michael Smith - NG9-1-1 Vendor
Susan Seet - NG9-1-1 User
Christian Militeau - iCERT
Dave Sehnert - iCERT
Roger Hixson - NENA Staff
Chris Carver - NENA Staff
Justin Jensen - Chair ICE 9 Planning Committee
Tim Lorello - Vice-Chair ICE 9 Planning Committee
Brooks Shannon - Chair ICE 7 Planning Committee
Patrick Voigt - Member ICE 7 Planning Committee
Nate Wilcox - NENA Development Steering Council
TBD - NENA Development Steering Council
Megan Bixler - APCO
Wolfgang Kampichler - EENA
Ron Bloom – NENA Board of Directors 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?