Saturday, May 28, 2005

NG911 Project Update 

Andy is pointing to an entry in Advanced IP Pipeline: Consortium Demos Its Solution For Emergency 911 Failures

A consortium of universities, governments and companies has banded together to develop a prototype of an emergency 911 system that could solve the nagging problem of locating distressed persons calling from VoIP phones. Called the NG911 Project, the system was demonstrated in Washington D.C. Thursday...

Spearheaded by Columbia University and Texas A & M, the NG911 Project entails using telephones modified at Columbia to connect to an emergency communications center (ECC) location server via a custom "SOS" user resource identifier (URI)....

"Internet phone customers are expected to top 25 million in the next several years," Henning Schulzrinne, computer science chair at Columbia's Fu Foundation, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said in a statement. "It is critically important that there be a technically sound and scalable 911 solution in place."....

Companies participating in NG911 include Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks....

Also playing a key role in the NG911 Project is the National Emergency Numbering Association (NENA), which coordinates emergency communications on a national level...

Now this is very interesting, basically because it involves all the usual suspects, but I have never heard about this. I not find anything about this on the NENA and Columbia web-sites. (Ok, I think nobody finds anything on the Columbia web-page ;-)

Next to come will be 911XP

Update: In the meantime it showed up at NENA.


Leading research universities and technology companies showcased basic features of a next-generation IP-based emergency E9-1-1 solution Thursday, May 26, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC: Attended by representatives from the US Department of Transportation/NHTSA, Department of Commerce/NTIA, Federal Communications Commission, E9-1-1 Institute, NENA, other organizations and news media, the proof-of-concept demonstration highlighted the capabilities of an Internet-based emergency call delivery system for nomadic and mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) users to an IP-capable PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point).

The technology was developed by researchers from the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University and the Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center at Texas A&M University in partnership with University of Virginia, Internet2, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the offices of Emergency Communications for the States of Texas and Virginia as well as with the help of leading technology companies like Nortel, MapInfo Corporation, and others. The two-year project is partially funded by an NTIA grant.

At our June annual conference, this proof-of-concept demonstration and equipment will be shown in NENA’s booth throughout Monday and Tuesday exhibit hall hours. There will also be a Monday session concerning the project.

Here are additional information links.

Note: the press releases are of course from May 26

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