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NG1-1-2: EENA publishes Standard for Next Generation European emergency services

Date: 2012-04-12
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The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) has released the first public version of the Next Generation 112 Long Term Definition standard ("NG112 LTD"). To ensure global interoperability, EENA has re-used existing standards as much as possible. In particular, the work from the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) has been adapted to European Public Safety Answering Points. The NG112 LTD document defines a long-term architecture for European Emergency Services and remains voluntarily close to NENA i3 standard.

"This is undoubtedly a key milestone reached. Europe was lacking such a reference document and hence we are proud to be able release the NG112 LTD today", commented Hannes Tschofenig, who has been drafting Next Generation emergency services standards since 2004 and chairing the EENA NG112 Technical Committee since 2009.

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The document provides the necessary elements to design a modern and efficient emergency calls management process, where citizens can reach 112 with voice, text, videos and pictures and where data can be shared to facilitate the intervention of first responders. As in NENA i3, the core concept is the deployment of Emergency Services IP Networks (ESInets) to foster interoperability between emergency agencies, improve redundancy and benefit from the availability of larger pools of resources.

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According to Cristina Lumbreras, EENA Technical Director, "this is a crucial document for the future of our emergency services and for the safety of European citizens. We are grateful to our NG112 Committee members and to our friends at NENA".

The document will be updated during the next months and years to include new standards and specifications as well as to cope with rapidly changing technologies. Additional documents preparing the transition from E112 to NG112 will also be published.

"European Projects, such as REACH112, have demonstrated the value of trialling new modes of emergency calling. We now wish that the European authorities will support the testing of a complete end-to-end Next Generation 112 service in Europe", concluded Gary Machado, EENA Executive Director.

The NG112 LTD standard will be presented next week in Riga (18-20 April) during the EENA EU Emergency Services Workshop 2012 that will be attended by emergency services and vendors' representatives from all over Europe.

 Click here for a link to download the 258-page NG112 Long Term Definition standard

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via EENA, 4/11/12)

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