Technical Development Conference (TDC)

Now More Important than Ever

The TDC has always been an important conference for 9-1-1 professionals interested in technical issues related to public safety. Today, that importance has escalated to a new level given the events of September 11.

New this year is a general session that will address contingency planning and survivability of 9-1-1 systems, including the network, database, and CPE. Key issues introduced in that general session will then be identified, characterized, and prioritized in each respective track session. New Study Groups and Joint Study Groups will be formed to begin working on ways to ensure increased survivability of 9-1-1 systems either through new programs and procedures, or by developing new recommended standards where needed. That’s the way the TDC works, and you need to be a part of it.

Also new is a detailed examination of next generation networks and how we expect to migrate from today’s networks to them. Subject matter experts will explain what will likely happen in the future and how it impacts 9-1-1.

Finally, we will examine emerging technologies that will certainly impact 9-1-1 over the next several years. Telematics/Short Message Service (SMS), XML data, new CPE technologies, and Medical help desk technologies all will be examined in detail.

Of course, adequate time is allowed for the work of NENA’s Technical Committees on items of relevance to each committee. Track leaders will review progress on the development of new recommended standards and the work of Study Groups and Joint Study Groups, and encourage discussion related to each of the general session topics.

So register now for the 2002 TDC. It’s more important now than ever to attend.

Charlie Bonney, ENP
General Chair

9-1-1 Technical Development Conference Committee

General Chair
Charlie Bonney, ENP
Positron Public Safety Systems

Assistant Chair
Billy Ragsdale, NENA Technical Committee Liaison
InterAct Public Safety Systems

Committee Members

Delaine Arnold, Verizon

Tom Breen, ENP, BellSouth

Tony Busam, RCC Consultants, Inc.

Bob Gojanovich, ENP, Verizon

Tom Hinkelman, ENP, SBC Southwestern Bell

Roger Hixson, NENA Technical Issues Director

Kim Leigh, Qwest

Bob Miller, ENP, RCC Consultants, Inc.

Barb Thornburg, ENP, Thornburg 9-1-1 Consulting

Bob Tilden, SBC Pacific Bell

Program Manager

Robert Cobb, Ph.D.

Subjects to be addressed:

Contingency planning and survivability – diversity management, redundancy, fault tolerance, PSAP center operational issue

Next generation networks – e.g. packet based

Emerging Technologies – XML data, CPE, Medical help desk, Telematics/Short Message Service (SMS)

Wireless implementation

Standard ALI formats

GIS mapping standards

Test plans

Tentative Agenda

Sunday, February 24  
8:00 – 5:00 Pre-Conference Course:E9-1-1 Data Base
9:00 – 4:00 Pre-Conference Course:Introduction to 9-1-1 Technology
9:00 – 4:00 Pre Conference Course:The 9-1-1 Puzzle
Noon – 7:00 Registration desk open
6:00 – 8:00 Welcome Reception
Monday, February 25  
7:30 – 8:30 Coffee Service
7:30 – 5:00 Registration desk open
8:30 – 9:00 Opening Session
Moderator: Charlie Bonney, ENP, General Chair

Welcome Remarks:
    Sharon Counterman, ENP
NENA President
    Charlie Bonney, ENP

        Define ConferenceObjectives
    Billy Ragsdale, Technical Committee Liaison

9:00 – 9:45

General Session — Review and PresentStatus
Moderator: BillyRagsdale

Each TechnicalCommittee Chair will review the past year’s work and presentthe status of existing and future issues that will beaddressed at the TDC. Panelists are:

    Tom Breen, ENP –Network Technical Committee
– Data Technical Committee
    Roger Hixson
(InterimChair) – Wireless Committee
– PSAP/CPETechnical Committee
–Non-traditional Communications Technical Committee

9:45 – 10:15

General Session — Future Path Plan
Moderator: BillyRagsdale

NENA has prepared aset of reliability and service characteristics criteria againstwhich future technical development work affecting 9-1-1 serviceshould be evaluated. This session will describe the path plancriteria and how they can be applied.

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – Noon

General Session — Contingency Planning & Survivability
Moderator: Dr. BillMunn, ENP, Tarrant County 9-1-1 District

    Diversity management
    Fault tolerance
    Disaster recovery
    PSAP Centeroperational issues

This panel willconsist of representatives of each of the NENA TechnicalCommittees (Network, Data, PSAP/CPE, Wireless andNon-traditional Communications). Also joining the panel willbe a representative of FEMA to discuss interoperability of9-1-1 and FEMA programs.

Noon – 1:30 Lunch provided byconference sponsors
1:30 – 5:00 Track Sessions(Breakouts)

    Network – Tom Breen, ENP/Tom Hinkelman, ENP
Data – DelaineArnold/Kim Leigh
Wireless – RogerHixson
PSAP/CPE – BobTilden
Non-TraditionalCommunications – Tony Busam

These Mondayafternoon track sessions identify and prioritize key issuesrelated to the Monday morning general session (contingencyplanning/survivability) and with remaining time work on itemsof importance to each respective Technical Committee.

Evening on Your Own  
Tuesday, February 26  
7:30 – 8:30 Coffee Service
7:30 – 5:00 Registration desk open
8:30 – 10:30 General Session — Next Generation
Networks Moderator: Tom Breen, ENP

    What are next generation networks
    How to migrate to next generation networks from existing networks
    Packet based
    Contingency plans

Joining the panel will be Nate Wilcox, State of Vermont; Bernard Brabant, ENP, Bell Canada; and industry representatives

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – Noon Track Sessions(Breakouts)

These Tuesday morning track sessions identify and prioritize key issues related to the Tuesday morning general session (Next generation networks) and with remaining time work on items of importance to each respective Technical Committee.

Noon – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 5:00 Track Sessions(Breakouts)

Work continues on items of importance to each respective Technical Committee.

Evening on Your Own  
Wednesday, February 27  
7:00 – 8:00 Coffee Service
7:00 – 4:00 Registration desk open
8:00 – 10:00 General Session — Emerging Technologies
Moderator: Tony Busam

NENA’s Emerging Technologies document
    XML data
    Medical help desk
    Telematics/ShortMessage Service (SMS)

Joining the panel will be Bernard Brabant, ENP, Bell Canada; David Jones, ENP, Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Services; Bob Miller, ENP, RCC Consultants, Inc.; Kim Leigh, Qwest; Bob Tilden, SCC Pacific Bell; and Mike Vislocky, Network Orange, Inc.

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Service
10:15 – 3:00

Track Sessions (Breakouts)

These Wednesday track sessions identify and prioritize key issues related to Wednesday morning’s general session (Emerging technologies) and with remaining time plan for the next year’s committee activities.

Lunch on your own at a time convenient to each track  
3:00 – 4:00 General Session — Report Back
Moderator: Charlie Bonney, ENP

Report by each track of progress during the TDC on key issues, as well as new Study Groups and Joint Study Groups formed. Closing comments by conference chair.

4:00 Conference adjourns
Have a safe trip home!

Pre-conference Courses

The following NENA courses will be offered on Sunday, February 24, 2002 at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Click on the course title for descriptions. You can register for the TDC pre-conference courses right on your paper or on the online TDC registration form.

The E9-1-1 Data Base

Introduction to 9-1-1 Technology

The 9-1-1 Puzzle: Putting all the Pieces Together