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TeleCommunication Systems Interoperability Lab Drives Text-to-911 Deployment for Public Safety

Date: 2015-07-27
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Lab Enables 9-1-1 Call-Handling Solution Vendors to Test Text-to-911 Interfaces Prior to Deployment


TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a leader in secure and highly reliable wireless communication technology, today announced that TCS has extended its Interoperability Lab to include Session InitiationProtocol (SIP)/ Message Session Relay Protocol (MSRP) testing for text. TCS has completed MSRP interoperability testing with four public safety equipment vendors: Airbus DS Communications, Emergency CallWorks, ModUcom and Solacom. The TCS Interoperability Lab enables NENA i3-compliant call-handling solution vendors to test their text-to-911 interfaces and software prior to deployment into Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) public safety answering points (PSAPs).  Four additional public safety equipment vendors are in the process of equipment testing for NENA i3 compliance.

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TCS continues to drive interoperability efforts by working with legacy text-service providers that use proprietary protocols as well as next generation providers that use the standards-based MSRP protocol, in order to simplify the deployment and accelerate the adoption by PSAPs interested in receiving text-to-911 messages.


TCS now supports more than 530 PSAPs with production service in 35 states or regions and is working with an additional 330 PSAPS to implement text-to-911. The TCS Interoperability Lab allows call-handling solution vendors to test the interfaces that process these messages. This provides an effective path to ensure smooth deployment of MSRP-based interfaces for text-to-911. PSAPs, in turn, will know which releases of a vendor’s call-handling software have completed MSRP interoperability testing prior to relying upon them to process emergency text messages from the public.

- Corporate News/ (via Telecommunications Systems, 6/14/15)


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