Updates from the North Carolina 911 Board
Interim Text to 911 Solution for Your PSAP
In December 2012 an agreement between NENA , APCO and the "Big 4” wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile), text-to-9-1-1 capabilities will be in place on those four carriers’ networks by May 2014.
The interim text-to-9-1-1 solution will be for the most commonly utilized texting technology, Short Message Service (SMS), texting only, video and pictures (MMS) are not available with this interim solution. The interim solution will have three options in order to allow PSAPs that have not begun deploying NG9-1-1 services the capability to receive text messages.
Text to TTY/TDD – this option will allow the PSAP to receive incoming text messages via their current TTY/TDD system. The text would display on the 9-1-1 equipment exactly like a TTY call. The Automatic Location Information (ALI) display will show the caller’s text number in the location where the wireless caller’s Call Back Number is displayed on voice calls, and the x/y coordinates of the cell site centroid where the person is texting. The text messages will be delivered via the existing 9-1-1 trunks.
Web Portal – this solution would require a PSAP to have internet access. A separate web portal would be opened at the beginning of the shift and would need to be monitored for incoming text messages. This solution currently requires a separate monitor for the web portal; however, some equipment manufacturers are working to incorporate the portal into the 9-1-1 display. The ALI will display the number associated with the device used for texting, and x/y coordinates of the cell site centroid of the person texting.
NG9-1-1 Interface – this solution would require the PSAP to have IP capable equipment and IP connectivity to the carrier. The text message will be delivered directly into the 9-1-1 equipment. This solution should be compatible with a full NG9-1-1 I3 solution. The ALI display will contain information similar to a wireless caller today including the x/y coordinates of the cell site centroid.
National NENA has developed an excellent planning guide, click here Interim SMS Text-to-9-1-1 Information and Planning Guide
NENA also has developed a Text to 911 Resourse site for PSAPs click here
For help completing your PSAP request for the Interim Text to 911 Solution contact your 911 Board staff:
In Western North Carolina
David Dodd David.Dodd@nc.gov
In Central North Carolina
Dave Corn David.Corn@nc.gov
In Eastern North Carolina
Tina Bone Tina.Bone@nc.gov
FY15 Grant Cycle Is OPEN!!
The FY15 Grant Cycle is now accepting electronic applications until midnight May 21, 2014. There are three types of grant programs open to primary PSAPs, Consolidation, Individual PSAP Enhancement/Replacement and Regional Initiative Enhancement/Replacement.
Obtaining an NCID User ID and password is the first step for gaining access to the NC 911 PSAP Grant Application. If you do not have an NCID click here for instructions.
Select the PSAP Grants link on the home page, which can be found both in the Newsroom area in the lower left or in the PSAPs area in the lower right. Please note that all applications must be submitted electronically through the 911 Board Grant website. Deadline for filing is midnight May 21, 2014 If you have any questions, contact Richard Taylor @ 919-754-2942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
911 Board Wants To Hear From You
As part of their goals for 2014, the North Carolina 911 Board has committed to hear from the public, especially from the 911 centers and the dedicated personnel that manage and staff those centers 24/7. As a part of that commitment, the 911 Board will open each of their meetings with a public comment period. If it’s on your mind and you believe the 911 Board can help, this is your opportunity to address the 911Board directly.
The Board meets Friday, 3/28 at 9:00am at the Guilford Metro 911 Center, 1201 Coliseum Blvd in Greensboro. If you would like to speak, please notify Richard Taylor at email@example.com or via telephone at 919-754.2942 so a seat can be reserved for you and your name added to the speaker’s list.