ATIS Recommends IP-Relay Interim Solution for Replacing Wireless TTY

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – ATIS recommends IP Relay as an interim solution for texting to 9-1-1 communications while longer-term NG9-1-1 solutions are being developed. This recommendation was made yesterday in comments ATIS filed with the FCC regarding the deployment of text-to-9-1-1 applications.

 

In its comments, ATIS noted that the ATIS Interim Non-Voice Emergency Services (INES) Incubator had reviewed commercially-available text-based communications solutions to enable emergency communications to existing PSAPs for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired communities, and ultimately recommended an IP Relay solution. IP Relay will be an effective interim solution while industry work is underway to create the long-term framework for texting to 9-1-1. This work also will provide the basis for other non-voice 9-1-1 communications such as the transmission of videos and photos and the use of pre-recorded audio and video.

 

ATIS further noted that the FCC can play a significant role in facilitating the timely deployment of an interim solution, including ensuring that regulatory requirements can accommodate the solution.

 

“Work to develop this ATIS recommendation involved collaboration among industry, public safety agencies, and the accessibility community,” said Susan Miller, ATIS President and CEO. “After hearing from critical stakeholders and closely examining the technical options, ATIS believes that IP Relay is the most promising interim solution to replace TTY for wireless emergency communications for persons with disabilities. Our initiative in this area shows ATIS’ strength in creating proactive, industry-driven communications solutions to improve emergency response capabilities.”

 

Moreover, ATIS addressed other issues in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to both short-term and long-term NG9-1-1 solutions.  ATIS rejected the need for FCC intervention in the development of standards, best practices or implementation timeframes.  ATIS also opposed a proposal that PSAPs, providers and vendors have the option to implement direct SMS to 9-1-1 as a short-term alternative since SMS has numerous limitations when used for emergency services and would be too confusing for consumers to know when and where this option would be available for use.

 

Access the comments ATIS submitted to the FCC.

 

About ATIS

ATIS is the leading technical planning and standards development organization committed to the rapid development of global, market-driven standards for the information, entertainment and communications industry. More than 200 companies actively formulate standards in ATIS’ Committees, covering issues including: Cloud Services, IPTV, Energy Efficiency, IP-Based and Wireless Technologies, Quality of Service, Billing and Operational Support, Emergency Services, Architectural Platforms and Emerging Networks. In addition, numerous Incubators, Focus and Exploratory Groups address evolving industry priorities including Smart Grid, Machine-to-Machine, Networked Car, IP Downloadable Security, Policy Management and Network Optimization.

 

ATIS is a founding partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications’ Sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, please visit www.atis.org.