NENA NG9-1-1 Project
In the past 15 years, advancements in modern communications technology have created the need for a more advanced system to access emergency care. While the existing 9-1-1 system has been a success story for more than 30 years, it has been stretched to its limit as technology advances. New wireless and IP-based communications devices are being developed at a rapid rate, offering capabilities such as text and video messaging. Unfortunately, the current 9-1-1 system was never intended to receive calls and data from these new and emerging technologies. As a result, through cumbersome adaptations, E9-1-1 is being asked to perform functions it was not designed to handle. In short, the nations 9-1-1 systems are in need of a significant overhaul. NENA identified this need in 2000, published the Future Path Plan in 2001, and began development activities toward this end in 2003. The NENA NG9-1-1 Project encompasses and coordinates many actions aimed to accomplish the capabilities for IP based Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) within this decade.
9-1-1: The Next Generation