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GeoComm's NENA i3 Emergency Call Routing Software Successfully Implemented in Synergem's i3 ESInet

St. Cloud, MN--Two public safety agencies in North Carolina now have one of the nation's first NENA i3-compliant Emergency Services IP networks (ESInets). The North Central North Carolina (NCNC) Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) Regional Compact, consisting of the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) and neighboring Surry County, recently accepted a newly implemented pilot i3 NG9-1-1 system. The system provides NG9-1-1 location based call routing and an updated IP network capable of delivering voice, video, text, and data to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) when available.

The pilot NG9-1-1 system is a collaborative effort between GeoComm, Synergem, RedSky Technologies, and Avaya. The four companies worked together to implement a complete system fulfilling the technical and operational requirements for the NG9-1-1 i3 ESInet. This initial 12 month provisioning phase of the NG9-1-1 project was primarily funded by a $2.4 million grant from the NC 9-1-1 Board to the NCNC NG9-1-1 Compact.

Julia B. Conley, Winston-Salem Police Department IT Manager and fiscal agent for the compact, says of the design, "We are very pleased to have the core NG9-1-1 infrastructure in place and are now in the commissioning phase of the multi-year project. During the next 12 months, we anticipate that all of the TSPs (Telephone Service Providers) in our region will be interconnected to the ESInet and then NG9-1-1 will be ready to go live. At the core of NG9-1-1 is Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and the regional spatial database developed by GeoComm. We are excited about the future benefits to our citizens that NG9-1-1 can deliver with GIS enabled selective call routing and location based multi-media input, such as mobile phone video/images and traffic cameras feeds that can augment PSAP call information for the emergency responders. However, before we can fully utilize the potential of NG9-1-1 information that the ESInet can provide, PSAP enhancements must also be implemented. We want to emphasize that the NG9-1-1 system is not live at this time and WSPD and Surry County PSAPs are not yet capable of accepting video or text messaging from the public."

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