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Professor Davids, IIT RTCL Director speaks at the SIPNOC in DC June 27

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Professor Carol Davids, Director of the IIT RTCL spoke at the SIPNOC Conference in Washington DC on June 27, 2012.  Among other topics, her presentation featured the school’s NG 9-1-1 ESInet, ICE 5 plans for 2012 and showcased the Assure911 and IIT Laboratory Testing work completed in 2011 for the Counties of Southern Illinois (CSI).


Members of CSI, IIT, Assure911, and Acme Packet meet at IIT

Readout of Testing Results presented to CSI on April 2, 2012

Professor Davids SIPNOC Presentation

The CSI  Pilot Project is to be the first rural NG9-1-1 project sanctioned by NENA in the USA.  The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is reviewing the CSI Pilot Project Application.  CSI is actively responding to queries from ICC Staff and Carriers such as AT&T and Frontier Communications.

App for Demos at NENA Conference

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A new FREE APP for the Android platform is being made available to accompany Next Generation 9-1-1 Secure Text and Video calling demonstrations that are being given at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA®) Conference in Long Beach California between June 9th and 14th 2012.
The Assure911.net and Acme Packet product teams are working together to highlight an important advancement in emergency communications made possible by NENA’s development of a set of standards for Next Generation 9-1-1.

The demonstrations will exhibit the ability to not only route text messages to the appropriate 9-1-1 call taker based on the caller’s geographic location, but also the ability of one of the NG9-1-1 functional elements (FEs), the Border Control Function (BCF), to monitor for important recurring themes in the body of the messages and alert the proper authorities. The cases of a campus bomb scare and a tornado sighting are to be demonstrated. The SMS messages are to be exchanged between an app on an Adroid-based smart-phone and an NG9-1-1 call taker. The position of the originator is obtained using the embedded GPS capability of their device. The BCF logs the event to the Assure911® Network Monitoring platform which in turn alerts a set of mobile devices in the audience, representing the smart-phones of NG9-1-1 system managers.

Demo Architecture Diagram
Demo Architecture Diagram
Download the app now!!!

Complete instructions for the app are available here.

If you are attending the conference look for Assure911’s Barbara Kemp or Acme Packet’s Brian Knueppel for more information

NG-911, Inc., and the Counties of Southern Illinois

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We are busy supporting NG-911, Inc., and the Counties of Southern Illinois (CSI) responding to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Pilot Project Application queries.

The queries are stacking up like planes at Chicago O’Hare Airport .  We are looking forward to seeing comments from friendly interveners.  We need that kind of commentary and support  so NG 9-1-1 can move forward in the whole State of Illinois.  Our approach has always been one of friendly cooperative negotiations, planning and engineering to build the best possible standards based solution.  It has been an exciting journey.  Let’s make it a reality!    Pat Lustig and Ken Smith and the Board and Members of the 16 ETSBs deserve the best.  The citizens of Southern Illinois deserve the best.

IIT RTCL 8th Annual Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois, September 10-12, 2012

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Joe Cusimano and  Barbara Kemp  are co-chairing the NG 9-1-1 Track at the IIT RTCL 8th Annual Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois, September 10-12, 2012, for Professor Carol Davids, Director of the IIT RTCL.  We are actively accepting applications for speakers, abstracts and topics.

Joe is busy expanding the IIT Main Campus Lab, adding a third NG 9-1-1 ESInet to the school’s capabilities and enhancing the interfaces to the Texas  A&M Lab to their ESInet.  This means we can demo during the  conference.  Go to:  http://www.rtc-conference.com/,  for early registration.

There are Sponsor Spaces available.  Tom Costello is working with the sponsors. There are special discounts and early bird registration opportunities.  We have fabulous keynote speakers lined up.  Henning Schulzrine returns this year to keynote for us as the FCC CTO. If you are interested in Managing a Panel or speaking, contact me or go to the website and submit a paper.  I am going to find many of the potential speakers during my visit to the NENA event .  We want the freshest topics and leading edge technology on display and to demo at the event!    This is a complement to the wonderful work at NENA.  Without the NENA standards the students and mentors would have less to test in the lab.

Assure911 Launches New Website

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

We just launched our new website in June 2012. Stay tuned for up-to-date info and industry news on NG 9-1-1.

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