Standardizing Next Generation Public Safety: Interim Text to 9-1-1 Solution

What is Next Generation 9-1-1?  NG9-1-1 will provide the ability to accept multimedia data (e.g. text, video and photo), improve interoperability, call routing, public safety answering point (PSAP) call overflow, and location accuracy. NG9-1-1 will strengthen system resiliency and reliability, as well as increases opportunities to achieve fiscal and operational efficiency through cost-sharing arrangements.

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) today announced release of J-STD-110.01, the Joint ATIS/TIA Implementation Guidelines for J-STD-110, a critical part of an industry-generated solution providing short message service (SMS) subscribers the ability to send an SMS text message to 9-1-1.  This new deliverable educates Commercial Mobile Service Providers (CMSPs) and Text Control Center (TCC) providers on implementing the Joint ATIS/TIA Native SMS to 9-1-1 Requirements and Architecture Specification (J-STD-110) and provides the guidelines for doing so.  Developed as a collaborative effort between ATIS and TIA, J-STD-110 was adopted as an industry standard in March of this year.

“The Implementation Guidelines put the J-STD-110 standard into action allowing a text to 9-1-1 solution to be broadly implemented across the United States,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “ATIS also has developed an efficient checklist that gives Public Safety entities a systematic way of identifying the tasks to enable coordinated communications with the other parties in the emergency response chain.”

The traditional 9-1-1 system is designed around telephone technology and cannot handle the text, data, images and video that is both increasingly common in personal communications and critical to future transportation safety and mobility advances.

The Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) Initiative has established the foundation for public emergency communications services in a wireless mobile society.

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