Category: Safety Services


Category: Safety Services
West Corporation

Posted on December 8, 2014 by West Corporation 


New Consensus Plan on Location Accuracy: A Big Step in the Right Direction

On November 14, 2014, the four largest U.S. wireless carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon) and two key industry groups (APCO, and NENA) announced they reached consensus on a plan to improve wireless location accuracy for both outdoor and indoor environments that they will present to the FCC.

This is big step in the right direction!

The consensus plan proposes:

  • 1 Year: Create a technology test bed.
  • 2 Years: Obtain location fix using heightened location accuracy technologies for 40% of wireless 9-1-1 calls that provide a dispatchable location or x,y within 50 meters.
  • 3 Years: Obtain location fix using heightened location accuracy technologies for 50% of wireless 9-1-1 calls that provide a dispatchable location or x,y within 50 meters.
  • 5 Years: Obtain location fix using heightened location accuracy technologies for 75% of VoLTE wireless 9-1-1 calls that provide a dispatchable location or x,y within 50 meters.
  • 6 Years: Obtain location fix using heightened location accuracy technologies for 80% of VoLTE wireless 9-1-1 calls that provide a dispatchable location or x,y within 50 meters.

To put this in context, consider that earlier this year the FCC put forth a Notice of Public Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing increased location accuracy standards and urged that industry participants bring forth their expertise to collaborate in the industry-wide discussion. From the onset, the initial proposed standards were viewed by many industry stakeholders as being too aggressive to achieve in the given timelines.

The consensus plan, while being more conservative in terms of the percentage of location fixes than the FCC’s NPRM, spotlights “dispatchable location”. This is a very important detail because public safety does not dispatch to an x,y coordinate. They need to dispatch to a location and this plan emphasizes that very critical point. The plan also states the utilization of multiple location technologies including Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®. We couldn’t agree more that to solve the very difficult problem of accurately finding a 9-1-1 caller in an indoor environment (and providing a dispatchable location) will require leveraging several existing and emerging technologies.

We applaud the carriers, APCO and NENA for coming forward with a plan that sets a stake in the ground for an aggressive but realistic future location accuracy goal. Having a well defined goal and evaluation criteria creates an open and competitive environment that encourages many vendors to develop and test solutions that can help the carriers meet their goals and provide better location accuracy to public safety.

We look forward to continuing to partner with our carrier customers to help them meet the goals put forth in the consensus plan.

West Corporation

Posted on October 27, 2014 by West Corporation 


Ensuring Foolproof E9-1-1 When Making Network Changes

Network changes that compromise E9-1-1 often serve as a catalyst for action, spurring organizations to search for a new E9-1-1 solution. As organizations convert their legacy voice solution to VoIP or upgrade their Unified Communications system to a new version, they often discover that their old E9-1-1 solution does not make the transition seamlessly, putting them in conflict with their own E9-1-1 standards and/or the E9-1-1 requirements legislated by the state. Read More >

West Corporation

Posted on August 27, 2014 by West Corporation 


911 Enable Achieves Cisco Compatibility Certification with the Cisco Solution Partner Program

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Montreal, QC – Aug, 27, 2014

911 Enable announced that its Emergency Gateway (EGW) has successfully achieved Cisco compatibility certification with Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager. The Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to bring together people, processes, data and things to enhance the relevancy of network connections. As a member of the Cisco® Solution Partner Program 911 Enable is able to quickly create and deploy solutions to enhance the capabilities, performance and management of the network to capture value in the IoE.

911 Enable’s EGW helps enterprises using Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCM) automate E911 management and comply with state and local E911 legislation. It automatically tracks the locations of IP phones, notifies on-site security when 911 is dialed, and records 911 calls. In addition, the EGW offers the most complete set of capabilities on the market, including support for enterprises with multiple UCM clusters, remote workers, non-Cisco switches, and that require granular location discovery for wireless devices.

Our efforts with Cisco are focused on delivering the best possible customer experience, and this certification reflects that commitment”.says Lev Deich, Managing Director for 911 Enable. “Our EGW is now optimized to run on Cisco UCS, allowing customers to install E911 on the same hardware as their UCM platform. More and more organizations are requiring this capability, especially service providers offering Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS). We are very excited to be able to support this requirement”

The Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers. As a Preferred Solution Partner, 911 Enable has achieved Cisco compatibility certification on at least one solution, and can provide its customers with 24-hour, 7-days-a-week customer support. For more information on 911 Enable go to: https://marketplace.cisco.com/catalog/companies/911-enable.

 

West Corporation

Posted on August 4, 2014 by West Corporation 


Microsoft Selects 911 Enable for Lync Online Dedicated

BannerAd_rgb_Lync_Cyan300Montreal, Canada – July 31, 2014  – 911 Enable, the leading vendor of E9-1-1 solutions for Unified Communications, was chosen by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) to provide Enhanced 911 (E9-1-1) services in Lync Online Dedicated. As part of their trusted relationship, Microsoft will refer clients to 911 Enable to help meet their E9-1-1 requirements. Read More >

West Corporation

Posted on May 6, 2014 by West Corporation 


How a robust E911 solution was deployed across 90 locations. [Partner Case Study]

CBTS LogoWhen a large, multinational organization issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a centralized IP phone system to be deployed across their 90 US locations, technology provider CBTS knew they had the experience, expertise, and strong partnerships necessary to deliver. They also knew that, given the size of the proposed deployment, the Customer would need a cutting-edge E911 solution that could meet their requirements:

  • Automatically keep track of the location of 25,000 IP phones.
  • Ensure on-site personnel are notified of an emergency.
  • Seamlessly integrate with Avaya’s advanced Aura architecture.

“CBTS is very happy with the reliability and functionality of 911 Enable’s solution. It is simple and easy to administer, which is critically important as our customer’s network continues to grow. 911 Enable’s team is always available when we need guidance, providing on-target advice for whatever issue we may be facing. We couldn’t be more pleased – it’s a fantastic solution with great support.”

Jim Vorwald
Managing Director
CBTS

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West Corporation

Posted on February 20, 2014 by West Corporation 


Addressing Address Data that Works for You

How do you respond when someone asks for your address? Do you give them a P.O. Box, City & Zip? Or do you think of a street name and neighborhood? Some might provide a detailed address including house number, apartment unit if appropriate and even a community name. Of course, it’s all dependent upon the purpose behind the question.

Read More >

West Corporation

Posted on January 28, 2014 by West Corporation 


Thanks to Colorado APCO/NENA!

I wanted to express my thanks to the Colorado APCO/NENA chapter for recently selecting the Intrado Emergency Call Relay Center as the 2013 Center of the Year. It is a huge honor, and just another reason that I am so grateful to be a part of the ECRC.

Our ECRC is a state-of-the-art emergency call center for satellite phone, telecommunications relay services (TRS), telematics and VoIP service providers. We have a great team of former PSAP call takers and dispatchers who continue to promote public safety by answering 9-1-1 calls that, for a variety of reasons, don’t make it directly to a PSAP. This group of men and women collectively average over 12 years of dispatch experience per agent in an actual Public Safety Answering Point.

All telecommunicators are required to have a minimum of two years emergency call handling experience in a PSAP before they are eligible for employment here. It is important to us that our call takers know and understand what the PSAP community needs to perform their important roles in public safety. We also have a thorough three month training program to be sure our telecommunicators are skilled at emergency call handling and can obtain relevant information quickly and efficiently so we can get calls to PSAPs as soon as possible.

Everyone is well aware of the natural disaster on the East coast that began October 29, 2012. The storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record and was nicknamed Superstorm Sandy. You might wonder how a hurricane on the east coast affects a group of Colorado telecommunicators. As I mentioned earlier, when 9-1-1 calls don’t make it to their intended destination, they often end up at our ECRC and this became clear all too quickly on the evening of October 29, 2012.

I could not have been more proud to be a part of this team than during Superstorm Sandy. During those three days when Sandy was at its worst, the team received more than three times our average monthly call volume!

It was all hands on deck! Like any other affected PSAP, the team pulled together working long shifts. Some employees even came in on their days off. Others, who are still with Intrado but part of a different team, came in to assist as well. Most of the calls were for the New York City area including calls of shootings, house fires, domestic violence, fights and countless medical calls.

The team accepted their award on October 12, 2013 during the annual Colorado APCO/NENA show. We received a plaque, and a cash award which was donated to a non-profit organization that supports local charities.

Thank you Colorado APCO/NENA, and congratulations to the ECRC team!

Lonna Cain is Director of Emergency Services and Support at Intrado.

West Corporation

Posted on December 31, 2013 by West Corporation 


When less is not more. How three-way call monitoring saves lives.

Three-Way Call MonitoringWhen 911 is dialed, most organizations know that they need to deliver both the call and the caller’s location information to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). In an IP-based communications network, this is achieved with E9-1-1 management appliances and call routing solutions.

As an added feature with many of these solutions, you can also notify internal security of a 911 call in progress, using screen pops, emails, and pre-recorded messages.  Although these notifications provide enough basic information (extension #, location, and name) to alert security of a 911 call, they do not provide enough situational awareness for security to act on. Read More >

West Corporation

Posted on December 5, 2013 by West Corporation 


Texting to 9-1-1…is it really that different?

This is an exciting and dynamic time for Public Safety!The ability for citizens to send text-based requests for assistance to 9-1-1 and related conversations with the PSAP has moved from an idea to reality. PSAPs across the country are building standard operating procedures and requesting wireless carriers to deliver any texts with the short code 9-1-1 to their text control center provider so they may be routed to their PSAP.

This change raises concerns for many – the perception is that texting-to-9-1-1 and related conversations between a citizen and a PSAP will be VERY different! Will it? Location is still provided; the information can be integrated with voice calls; call notes are still valuable; and the request for assistance still arrives at a PSAP.

Maybe it seems to be so different because we know that texting to 9-1-1 is just the first piece of Next Gen 9-1-1 and what follows seems like an even bigger undertaking. Is it really? It is actually very simple – Next Gen 9-1-1 is the move from narrowband to broadband IP – not that much of a change.

Maybe the volume of messages/calls seems different. Think about how we often – within the same hour – talk on the phone; send, receive & read emails; send, receive & read texts; post to social media sites; and watch media on the Internet. We don’t even stop to think about how quickly we added these functions with very little pain!

And so I wonder – is text-to-9-1-1 so different? Maybe not.

You know what really makes a difference? The new capabilities available to help save lives in many different ways … perhaps we could substitute the word “better” for “different”!


West Corporation

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