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National 911 Program Compiles Complete List of NG9-1-1 Standards

Date: 2015-06-19
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Annual Update Includes 2014 Standards

The development and adoption of standards is key in the transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) nationwide. With a number of standards development organizations (SDOs) addressing NG9-1-1 issues, understanding and tracking the evolving standards can be a daunting task. Since 2011, the National 911 Program has assisted the 9-1-1 community’s effort by compiling and sharing all of the current standards information in one complete report.

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The National 911 Program recently released its third annual update to the report; “Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) Standards Identification and Review: A Compilation of Existing and Planned Standards for NG9-1-1 Systems.” The 9-1-1 community has leveraged this document as a source of information during the development of NG9-1-1 system design, implementation and operations, and the document was also used as the NG9-1-1 standards reference in the 2015 SAFECOM grant guidance.  

The standards document is a compendium of all of the NG9-1-1 standards, including those for products, interfaces, data, tests, performance, and operations. 

“All of the information compiled in the document has been vetted by the standards development organizations whose standards are included,” said Laurie Flaherty, coordinator of the National 911 Program, which is housed in the Office of EMS within the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

The National 911 Program does not develop standards for NG9-1-1, but is committed to updating this report annually to provide the most current status of NG9-1-1 standards.

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This snapshot of the current NG9-1-1 standards development process is just one of the tools the National 911 Program provides in its effort to collect and disseminate information to help the 9-1-1 community assess and plan for the transition to improved emergency communication services for the public.

Access the annual report as a pdf file at 911.gov.

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (National 911 Program, 6/17/15)

 

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