Save the date for our fourth NG112 Emergency Communications Plugtests™ event, to be held on 22-26 February 2021, in partnership with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). This time, it will be intercontinental.
In a nutshell
Next Generation emergency communications are changing the way we handle emergencies, making it possible for emergency services to receive more and different types of data. But for NG technology to be effective, it needs to be standardised and interoperable.
The NG112 Plugtests provide the unique opportunity for all stakeholders to trial the components along the full chain of NG112 emergency response. Through different scenarios and tests cases, the interoperability and conformity of market solutions will be examined and validated. Components are trialled independently and jointly, involving all the different areas of NG communications.
This time, it's intercontinental
This year, our event will run in collaboration with the ninth Industry Collaboration Event (ICE 9), organised by NENA: The 9-1-1 Association.
This first intercontinental interoperability testing event for NG112 and NG 9-1-1 emergency calling will involve testing end-to-end call flows that span international boundaries. In an emergency, people (or even smart objects) may make an emergency call from outside the country of the incident or communications may be transferred from one ESInet to another. The intercontinental element of the event will make an important contribution to ensuring compatibility between technology in Europe and the USA.
The NG112 Plugtests will be hosted by ETSI at their facilities in Sophia-Antipolis, France. ICE 9 will be hosted at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Rice Satellite Campus in Wheaton, Illinois (USA). Depending on the situation at the time, the entire event may be held virtually; we will keep you informed. The event is free to attend.
BENEFITS OF JOINING THe
“EENA is pleased to be working together with ETSI and NENA to ensure intercontinental interoperability and contribute to the safety of citizens across the globe,” says Cristina Lumbreras, EENA Technical Director. “We see that emergency services are increasingly moving towards Next Generation technology and we are hoping to involve more vendors than ever before in the upcoming Plugtests. In this way, we can help to ensure reliable, effective and standardised emergency response.”
“This collaboration is key to improving emergency-calling services worldwide,” says Monica Million, ENP, NENA president. “By working together with our global partners, we can take next-generation emergency-calling services to the next level. Through international events like this, our commercial partners can realize a global economy of scale while our public-safety members can leverage increased vendor competition and a greater diversity of technical solutions when designing and deploying life-saving next-generation 9-1-1 and 112 systems.”