Because vendors interpret the i3 standard differently, one NG911 i3-compliant system may not be able to talk to another. With the help of multiple public safety stakeholders, including NENA and other relevant standards bodies, the Task Force will agree on key profiles to eliminate the vagueness of i3. These updated standards will be widely available.
Make Conformance Testing Available
Currently, there are few/no tests to certify the conformance of a single system to the i3 standard, interoperability of two NG911 solutions, and end-to-end interoperability of multiple platforms. The Task Force plans to provide free conformance testing tools to vendors. The Task Force also plans to create third-party test labs.
End-to-end testing is a type of testing that ensures that all components and systems in a technology or infrastructure setup, including software, hardware, networks, and interfaces, are working together correctly as an integrated system.
Interoperability is the ability of different communication systems to work together seamlessly. This is essential for first responders, who need to be able to communicate with each other quickly and easily in order to coordinate their response to an emergency.
The NG911 Interoperability Task Force visited the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on May 11, 2023. Thank you to Assistant Deputy Secretary of Commerce April McClain-Delaney.