Next Generation Transition Planning Committee (NGTPC)

Next Generation Transition Planning Committee (NGTPC)

The Next Generation 9-1-1(?) Transition Planning Committee (NGTPC) is a joint effort between NENA’s Operations and Technical Committees. The primary objective of the NGTPC is to identify and describe the NG9-1-1(?) transition recommendations useful to Public Safety Authorities and other stakeholders in moving from each 9-1-1 system and service environment  starting point to NG9-1-1. These include the related development actions needed to enable transition to a fully capable NG9-1-1 service.

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NG9-1-1 is defined as the next evolutionary step in the development of the 9-1-1 emergency communications system known as E9-1-1 that has been in place since the 1970s.  NG9-1-1 is a system comprised of managed IP-based networks and elements that augment present-day E9-1-1 features and functions and add new capabilities. NG9-1-1 will eventually replace the present E9-1-1 system.  NG9-1-1 is designed to provide access to emergency services from all sources, and to provide multimedia data capabilities for PSAPs and other emergency service organizations.  There will be a multi-year transition to NG9-1-1. Work has already begun in some regions that are putting in place IP infrastructures.

In order to begin transition planning the NGTPC has defined the beginning points (i.e. the legacy environment) and the ending points (i.e. the NG9-11 environment). From this effort, a Transition Plan is being produced that will include the recommendations for transition to NG9-1-1.

All interested parties, whether or not members of the current Technical or Operations Committees, are invited to take part in this work please review the Scopes & Goals at the bottom of the page and then please contact any of the gentlemen below to be added to a specific working group.

David Jones, ENP
Mission Critical Partners, Inc.


David Jones, ENP is a vice president at Mission Critical Partners, Inc. where he’s responsible for business development and client relationships.  He previously served as a vice president and senior consultant with L. Robert Kimball & Associates. 

Prior to joining the private sector, David served as the Director of Emergency Services for Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  In this capacity, he administered four emergency service departments: Communications/9-1-1, Emergency Management, the Emergency Services Training Academy, and the Fire Marshall’s office. 

David has approximately 25 years of experience in emergency communications, having served in three different 9-1-1 organizations.  Having been elected as second vice president of NENA in 2003, he served as the association’s president in 2005-2006.  David currently co-chairs the NG9-1-1 Transition Planning Committee. 

David served on the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC), having been appointed by former FCC Chairman Michael Powell to represent the interests of local governments and public safety; he served as vice-chair 2004-2006.  David also has served on the executive board of the E9-1-1 Institute.  David has a B.A. in Political Science from Wichita State University.                     Return to Top

Bill Hinkle
Intrado, Inc.

Bill Hinkle is a Past President (June 1999 through June 2000) of the National Emergency Number Association, based in Arlington, VA.  After 33 years of public safety communications experience, which included the Director of Communications for the Hamilton County Department of Communications in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bill has retired from the public sector.  He has accepted the position of Senior Policy Advisor for Intrado. Bill is also a member APCO and served as National Chairman of Project LOCATE and Chairman of the Public Safety Foundation of America.  He represents public safety communication systems across the country as an advisor to the United States Department of Transportation – Intelligent Transportation Systems Public Safety Advisory Group. 

He is also Chair of a 9-1-1 Expert Working committee responsible for USDOT public policy for the integration of the life and safety benefits of wireless telephone location technology into the ITS network.  He also serves as Chairman of the Ohio Communications Joint Task Force whose mission is to educate, promote and influence statewide issues that impact the establishment, delivery and integrity of emergency public safety communications.  In February, 2006 Governor Bob Taft appointed Bill to the newly created State of Ohio 9-1-1 Council for a 3 year term. At the first meeting of the Council, Bill was elected to serve as Chairman. The Council was established to develop nondiscriminatory, competitively neutral, and uniform technical standards and operational standards consistent with recognized industry standards and federal law relative to 9-1-1 in Ohio. In June 2007, NENA appointed Bill to represent the association on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children joint Communication Center Best Practices initiative and he currently serves as the Chair.  

Bill has had articles published in numerous national trade publications.  He routinely speaks at National Conferences, and currently serves on more than 15 national, state, and local professional committees.  He was honored by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration as the 2002 Career Achievement Award recipient.                             Return to Top

Operations Co-Vice-Chair
Jim Goerke

Jim Goerke served nearly twenty years as the Executive Director of the Ark-Tex Council of Government, an organization responsible for 35 separate program/services areas in northeast Texas.  Among those programs, was the agency’s responsibility to implement a ten county, region-wide 9-1-1 program involving multiple local governments and twelve public safety answering points. Over the last decade, Jim has focused on emergency communications and 9-1-1.  From 1992 to 2001, Jim served initially as Deputy Director, and then, as the Executive Director of the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC), the Texas state agency responsible for statewide emergency communications.  CSEC is also responsible for a statewide poison control program, an important emergency communication service  linked with 9-1-1 systems throughout.

In July of 2001, Jim took a position with the National Emergency Number Association, heading-up the Association’s national  wireless implementation effort as Wireless Implementation Director, and later served as the Association’s acting Executive  Director for nine months.

In May of 2004, he left NENA to engage in private consulting within the 9-1-1 industry.  Among other activities, Jim currently chairs USDOT/ITSA’s Public Safety Advisory Group (PSAG), and is a Vice-Chair of NENA’s Next Generation 9-1-1 Transition Planning Committee.

Technical Co-Vice-Chair
Bob Sherry, ENP

Bob Sherry, ENP, is currently a Senior Systems Engineer, at Intrado, Inc.  His current activities include planning and strategy development for the evolution of emergency service networks to a next generation architecture. Working closely with communication service providers, municipalities and government agencies to evaluate and assess the needs for the efficient and timely delivery of wireline, VoIP and wireless emergency service calls. 

Bob has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He has held both management and technical positions in fields varying from product development to strategic planning to product planning. Prior the his current position at Intrado, Inc., Bob held a management position in AT&T’s Local Service Division planning and implementing strategies for AT&T to enter the local competitive market in the U.S. He has been extremely active in NENA for many years and has contributed extensively in developing NENA standards and informational documents. 

He holds undergraduate degrees in Electronics and Math and a Masters in Computer Science. He is the holder of two patents in the E9-1-1 field associated with service acquisition and emergency call delivery. He has been listed in International Who’s Who in the field of  Information Technology.


The NGTPC will define transition plans for the migration from the legacy E9-1-1 environment to Next Generation 9-1-1 systems supporting emergency services. The scope will focus on three categories of networks and associated subsystems: originating networks, the core emergency services network(s) and PSAP Networks, and the necessary operational, service and management features required for the overall NG9-1-1 system to function.


Develop gap analysis and transition plans based upon an initial assessment of baselining legacy and NG9-1-1 starting points.

CURRENT STATUS 01/03/2011:

The initial version of the NENA Transition Plan Joint Information Document (JID) is in final committee review and should be published in the 1st quarter. This plan should be a resource for other NENA committees and working groups’ activity. In 2011 the committee will begin addressing additional transition topics, including areas being identified by the FCC CSRIC working group.

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NENA Technical Standards & Documents
  • 00-001 v15 Master Glossary

    The NENA Master Glossary is a guide for readers of NENA publications and a tool for members of the NENA committees that prepare them. It defines the terms, acronyms and definitions associated with the 9-1-1 industry. Intended users of this document are any person needing NENA’s definition/description of a 9-1-1 related term.

  • 01-001 v4.1 Organization & Document Approval Processes

    This document is written for NENA Technical Committee leadership and members. A requirement for participating in the Technical Committee process is to adhere to all procedures outlined in this document.

  • 51-001 Operations Committee Organization & Process

    The purpose of this document is to describe the Operations Committee, delineate its organization, and define the processes required for the Committee operations and document development.

    This document was revised May 4, 2010, to add detail for the Operations Committee use of Operations Reference Documents (ORD).

  • 77-501 v1 NG9-1-1 Transition Planning Considerations

    The public safety community has recognized the need to evolve legacy emergency services networks to next generation concepts which may facilitate new capabilities and services. As such there are numerous industry associations and Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) that are defining architectures and protocols for these next generation networks. The public safety community desires to take advantage of this work and address the challenge it represents to emergency communications. To this end, work is progressing in other NENA committees to define the specific emergency services architectures and protocols involved. The transition of emergency services addressed by this document relies upon this collective work.