Registrations are now open for our fourth NG112 Emergency Communications Plugtests™ event, to be held virtually on 22 February – 5 March 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.Testing will include the interoperability between Next Generation eCall and NG112.

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.

This year, the event will be entirely virtual. It is free to attend.

Benefits of joinning the NG112 plugtests

Who should participate?

EENA, ETSI and NENA invite all interested vendors that have a stake in improving global access to emergency services to participate in this first intercontinental interoperability testing event. Next Generation Core Services vendors, Forest Guide developers, mobile app providers, telecommunication operators, and PSAP technology vendors should consider participating.

An observers’ programme will also be organised to give emergency services and public authorities the opportunity to discuss with participants about the implementation of NG112 / NG 9-1-1 in their countries.

How to should register

To participate in this first intercontinental interoperability testing event, you must register separately with ETSI and NENA as a participant of both events. You can register for the NG112 Plugtests here. For the ICE 9 event, please email Delaine Arnold at NENA. If you only wish to attend one event, you only need to register to that specific event.

Need more information?

An open conference call will be held on 22 October 2020 at 16.00 CEST for anyone who is considering participating or has already registered for the events. The call will answer any questions about logistics, content of the testing, which functional elements you may want to contribute, etc.

“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.”