FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Illinois Commerce Commission Approves Union County 9-1-1 Next Generation Modification Plan
Union County 9-1-1 Coordinator Jana Fear reports that on October 7, 2014, the Illinois Commerce Commission gave final approval for the Union County 9-1-1 Next Generation Modification Plan.
Approval culminated from a lot of detailed work on a massive Next Generation Modification Plan document, collaboration with the Next Generation SSP—NG9-1-1, Inc.—and legal representation from Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds.
“This approval is the result of many years of hard work by my office, the local ETSB and a lot of people behind the scenes,” says Fear.
The difference between the current 9-1-1 system and “Next Generation” 9-1-1 is the ability to receive text and live streaming video over a dedicated IP fiber network.
“We don’t live in a world of just voice communication anymore,” explains Fear. “The way we communicate is constantly evolving thanks to new technology and this is an opportunity for emergency services to catch up.”
After fully testing the Next Generation 9-1-1 System, Union County will be capable of receiving multimedia 9-1-1 calls. Telephone carriers have yet to implement Next Generation for their delivery solutions but as more 9-1-1 systems get on board those carriers are more likely to establish the needed standards.
Final approval of these plans is the next big step for 9-1-1 in Illinois. Thus far, the Union County 9-1-1 System is one of only seven systems to receive approval from the ICC.
Michael Ramsey—the president of NG-911, Inc.—is pleased with the progress so far.
“We are thrilled to be involved in this project that takes Next Generation 9-1-1 from a concept to reality,” says Ramsey. “The capability to locate emergency callers by their location is here today and it will make the public safer. The more people use wireless devices like smart phones, the greater the need to reach 9-1-1 with twenty-first century technology.”
The Union County 9-1-1 System remains committed to bringing the citizens of Union County the best 9-1-1 system possible.
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