Temecula, CA (Vocus) July 23, 2010
PlantCML®, an EADS North America company, successfully participated in the second Industry Collaboration Event (ICE), hosted by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) at AT&T’s Training Center in Irving, Texas. ICE2 was designed to continue the testing of transitional elements from the current E9-1-1 system to next generation (NG) 9-1-1.
“This second in a series of industry-related events allowed PlantCML to continue the work started in the first event, which was held last November. The progression of the interoperability issues examined and tested between vendors will ultimately increase the effectiveness and responsiveness of emergency call center systems,” said Ian McGraw, chief technology officer, PlantCML.
“It was good to see more vendors at this event than we had last November, and to witness first-hand the new protocols being tested. The industry still has hurdles to overcome to ensure interoperability and continuity of service, and these events are in place for us [industry vendors] to continue to work together to do just that,” continued McGraw.
Nineteen vendors participated at ICE2 by testing two scenarios. The first scenario was based on i3 standards, which tested a legacy network routing emergency calls to an ESINet and to a legacy public safety answering point (PSAP). The second scenario tested the Request for Assistance Interface (RFAI) interface, as defined in ATIS/ESIF.
PlantCML successfully tested its IP-ready Sentinel® Patriot® call processing solution and legacy Sentinel® ECS-1000 controller in both scenarios. Additionally, PlantCML is supporting the creation of a permanent interoperability center to assist in accelerating the progression to NG9-1-1 and to sustain this collaborative process.
The second ICE event provided the opportunity for emergency communication providers to continue to work together to address the various features of NG9-1-1 readiness and progress in achieving standards-based interoperable systems for PSAPs. The current E9-1-1 system supports traditional voice 9-1-1 calls. NG9-1-1 networks will replace the existing narrowband, circuit-switched 9-1-1 networks, which carry only voice and limited data, and will begin to include such items as text messages, images and video.
A pioneer and trusted leader in mission critical communications, PlantCML®, an EADS North America company, provides key technologies for public safety, federal and corporate markets. Our full-circle security and communications portfolio includes 9-1-1 call center CTI applications for call processing, CAD, mapping and information management, as well as managed services, notification solutions and services and P25 Land Mobile Radio networks. Headquartered in Temecula, California.
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