NENA – National Emergency Number Association

Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) is an IP/SIP-based emergency communication protocol proposed by NENA. It provides media convergence and data integration that is not possible with the E911 system in place today. For example, it is not possible to send a picture or video to the public safety telecommunicator using the current system, but NG9-1-1 is designed to allow such multimedia communications. Also, additional data such as floor plans, health records, or telematics data can be delivered to the dispatcher when they are needed. The NG9-1-1 protocol incorporates location determination, call routing and infrastructure to today’s PSAP infrastructure.

  • ICE 3Stancil partcipated in NENA ICE 3 in Bryan, Texas the week of 11/29/2010. The focus of the event was location information which is one of the most critical data elements in the operation of NG9-1-1 for call routing. Stancil tested the following multi-vendor interactions:
    • Emergency Call Routing Functions
    • Emergency Services Routing Proxies
    • Location Information Servers
  • ICE 4Stancil partcipated in the Industry Collaboration Event #4 (ICE 4) in Irving, Texas at the AT&T Center for Learning the week of 11/14/2011. The focus of the event was emergency call routing based on the LoST hierarchy. This is the core function required to assure reliable and predictable emergency call routing and location validation regardless of the media type or device being used to place a call. The largest and most complex ICE event ever undertaken, it culminated in a successful multi-vendor testing process, resulting in heightened awareness and recognition of the requirements necessary for interoperable call routing. Stancil evaluated multi-vendor interaction between Emergency Call Routing Functions and also included the following functional entities:
    • Emergency Services Routing Proxies
    • Location Validation Functions
    • Location Information Servers
    • Legacy Network Gateways
    • Call logging and recording
    • NG9-1-1 PSAP CPE
    • SIP User Agents
  • ICE 5NENA held the Industry Collaboration Event #5 (ICE 5) the week of October 15, 2012 in Wheaton, Illinois, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, School of Applied Technology, Real-Time Communications Lab. The focus of the event was emergency services and solutions that directly support access to NG9-1-1 for people with disabilities (e.g., deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech-impaired, etc.). Vendors who have developed (or are currently developing) products designed for use by people with disabilities as they contact emergency services in a Next Generation 9-1-1 environment participated in the event testing activities.
  • ICE 6Stancil participated in NENA ICE 6 which conducted End to End testing of the i3 architecture. ICE 6 required core functional elements which process calls and queries, and it also includes supporting elements which record and report. Testing might include elements which provide additional data, MIS, CAD and bridging.
  • ICE 7Stancil is currently supporting the planning process for NENA ICE 7 which includes testing of Apps, EIDD, Additional Data, and GIS/Mapping within the PSAP. In recent years, there has been a revolution in the creation and use of smartphone applications in global telecommunications. ‘Apps’ have affected every aspect of business and people’s personal lives except for one glaring exception; that being as a method of contacting emergency services. ICE 7 tentatively scheduled to be held in March 2017 will test these "App" communications to the PSAP.
  • ICE 8

    Stancil Corporation takes great pride in being selected as Vice Chair for the NENA Industry Collaboration Event designed to test Recording and Logging components.

    Representatives from almost two dozen public safety service providers came together to test the features that would enable 9-1-1 centers across the country to keep pace with consumer technologies and introduce multimedia "call” capabilities, allowing text, images, and real-time video to be sent from those in need of emergency assistance directly to 9-1-1 call takers. This Industry Collaboration Event, dubbed "ICE 8”, focused on testing interfaces for logging of processing events and recording NG9-1-1 multimedia and call data, as well as interfaces for retrieving and reproducing both. NENA’s "i3” NG9-1-1 standard specifies the system interfaces that were tested at ICE 8.