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[802SEC] Request for Assistance from IEEE 802 - Emergency Services Location Identification

Dear EC members,

A few weeks ago I received a request from Doug Rollender asking if there was any interest in supporting emergency service location identification capability in 802 standards.  I told him I didn't think so, but I would share his request with the EC.  It is copied below.  If you think there may be synergy with you group, please respond directly to Doug.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: Rollender, Douglas Harold (Douglas) 
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:12 PM
Subject: Request for Assistance from IEEE 802 - Emergency Services

Paul Nikolich, Chairman, IEEE 802 Executive Committee,


It was good talking with you last week about how IEEE 802 could help support future emergency services.  This message is the request we discussed for IEEE 802 working groups to consider including in their standards whatever is needed for the generation and delivery of location identification and callback capability for individuals trying to gain access to emergency services through either voice or non-voice devices.  

This request applies for any technology that provides wired or wireless access to the Public Switched Telephone Network, wireless carrier networks, or the public Internet.  From a universal perspective, the overarching concern is for a consistent approach by standards development organizations to address social policy expectations, such as full 9-1-1 capability, in relation to emerging access technologies.  

Location identification and callback capability represent baseline requirements for emergency service.  Organizations such as the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the ATIS Emergency Service Interconnection Forum (ESIF) and the FCC's Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) have created considerable documentation identifying requirements and technical needs that must be addressed to support E911 service through emerging access technologies.  Please consider these requirements and the role IEEE 802 standards would play with other interoperable network standards to provide end users access to emergency service in a manner consistent with these requirements.

I recognize this request may represent a considerable challenge.  As chairman of ESIF Subcommittee B, I'm confident that ESIF membership is prepared to assist you as well as other standards organizations and public safety organizations to facilitate dialogue as needed to resolve any concerns you may have for those aspects of emergency service requirements that you feel are within your scope.  

Should you have questions, please call me a 973-386-4560.  I look forward to receiving your response to this request for all relevant IEEE 802 working groups.



Douglas Rollender
Lucent Technologies
Wireless Standards Development and Industry Relations
TN=973 386-4560, FAX=973 386-4555, Mobile=908-963-7965 

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