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TCS & University of Maryland Collaborate on Innovative NG9-1-1 Apps

Date: 2011-08-15
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Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Lab Offers Environment for Creating and Evaluating NENA i3-Compliant Emergency Services

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, and the Maryland Information and Network Dynamics (MIND) Lab at the University of Maryland, have announced a joint effort to harness technology innovation and academic expertise to build new public safety applications. The two organizations will work together to explore Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) NENA (National Emergency Number Association) i3-compliant technologies for enhancing emergency switching to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), that with suitable cultivation in an academic setting, will become one of the future standards for emergency services applications.

“Applications such as texting to 9-1-1 and delivering images during a 9-1-1 call are in various phases of development throughout the country,” said Thomas Ginter, vice president of 9-1-1 product management for TCS. “They represent just the beginning of the types of applications we can develop for NG9-1-1 based on the enormous advances being made in networking capability. Nurturing these capabilities in the academic environment will help ensure widespread commercial adoption in the not too distant future. TCS looks forward to collaborating with the University of Maryland MIND Lab to hasten the process.”

The MIND Lab is an environment where technology visionaries can develop new and innovative public safety applications. The inventor and leading provider of wireless E9-1-1, TCS will support this effort by sharing its real-world experience in the current E9-1-1 environment and established expertise in the NENA i3 standards architecture. TCS benefits from this relationship by having an advanced demonstration environment with a highly trained and creative staff for testing and evaluating applications.

Together TCS and the University of Maryland's MIND Lab can create applications that have a greater likelihood of success. An example of such an application is the MIND Lab's M-Urgency alert tool, which can allow a student on Maryland’s campus to be connected to the campus police, and show a real-time video taken by the caller’s smartphone camera. Making this work in the general public safety systems will require support from TCS as it involves standards development, industry relations and contacts, and an understanding of the current E9-1-1 networks. Further, if this application is needed urgently for future public safety organizations, TCS will be in a position, by virtue of its proven work with the MIND Lab, to begin immediate deployment.

“This collaboration offers the best of both worlds where a leading emergency communications company like TCS can leverage the creativity and innovations of highly trained academics, and a University lab like ours can get the benefits of the company's real-world experience,” said Dr. Ashok Agrawala, Director of the MIND Lab. “Together we will create proof-of-concept emergency services applications that will eventually become commercially adopted to help protect and save lives.”

For more information, see:

- Corporate News/ (via TCS, 8/8/11)



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