NENA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), APCO, NASNA and other stakeholders, is conducting a Wireless Implementation Program to stimulate wireless Phase I and Phase II implementation throughout the U.S.
A Partnership for Progress
The NG Partner Program represents the efforts of NENAs members and allies to create a public-private partnership to further needed dialogue to improve the nations 9-1-1 system. NENA has recent success in such efforts, including its partnership with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus and the 9-1-1 Institute as well as other likeminded organizations to further the goals of 9-1-1 in North America and throughout the world.
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.