International emergency calling associations from the United States and Europe announced their intent to increase cooperation and efforts on international standardization of emergency calling systems.DHS Awards Funding to sUAS Firms for Border Security
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The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) represents 1-1-2 interests in Europe, and National Emergency Number Association (NENA) represents 9-1-1 interests in the United States.
9-1-1 systems in the United States and Canada are based largely on standards developed by NENA. Those systems are transitioning to next-generation 9‑1‑1 (NG 9-1-1) using the NENA i3 standard, which will allow 9-1-1 centers to accept video, pictures, text and data as easily as they accept voice.
In Europe, 1-1-2 systems are transitioning as well, using standards adapted from and developed in parallel with their North American i3 counterparts by EENA.
“The development of next-generation 1-1-2 and 9-1-1 systems couldn’t have happened without strong standards cooperation across the Atlantic,” said Gary Machado, EENA executive director. “EENA is thrilled to renew our efforts around global standardization with NENA.”