Interoperability testing in emergency communications

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In the field of emergency communications, few words create as big of a buzz as ‘interoperability’.


One of the key motives for the development of emergency communication standards is to facilitate interoperability between products in a multi-vendor, multi-network and multi-service environment. Standards need to ensure that products and services complying with them do, indeed, achieve interoperability.

This document provides an analysis and evaluation of what is needed for successful interoperability testing of emergency communication standards, evaluates a range of factors, and provides an example interoperability test scenario in order to get a better understanding of the planning process.

EENA would like to thank Mr. Wolfgang Kampichler (Frequentis), EENA Technical Committee Chair, for his time and contributions to this document.


EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.

The EENA memberships include more than 1300 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 80 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and over 90 researchers.