By Todd Piett - September 22, 2011
In Part 1 and Part 2 of our Cloud and NG9-1-1 series we gave a brief overview of Cloud technology and some of the different deployment options you need to understand as a framework for the deployment NG9-1-1 services. This week we'll map the cloud models to NG9-1-1 components.
NG9-1-1 is essentially a hybrid cloud model, allowing interoperability and sharing of data (including calls or additional data) between entities. The linchpin within this "network of clouds" is the ESInet. NENA Document NENA Emergency Services IP Network Design for NG9-1-1 (NENA, 2010) details that an Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet) is a privately managed IP transport network that is capable of supporting (but does not include) the core routing functional entities necessary for NG9-1-1 call delivery.
ESInets perform a number of key functions, including:
Further, the ESIND document states that, "ESInets can be built on privately owned and managed facilities that are dedicated to public safety, or they can be built on existing IP infrastructure that is also utilized for non-emergency services traffic provided that proper bandwidth is available and QoS and security mechanisms are implemented such that NG9-1-1 call processing is not hindered."
The ESINet is essentially a Private Cloud Platform managed by the chosen 9-1-1 service provider or public safety entity itself. It ties into the originating service networks, integrates a number of critical functions (border control functions/security, location and rules based routing, logging, appending of supplemental data, etc.), and delivers the "call" to either the next ESINet or PSAP. The envisioned NG9-1-1 infrastructure is an intertwined network of networks with business rules, including security policies, applied at each level. Trusted functional elements, or even entire separate clouds, such as sources of additional data (e.g. medical data) can be called by the ESINet and either used as part of the business rule to determine what to do with a call or simply passed along to the next step in the call processing.
Todd Piett joined Rave in 2005 and today runs the global organization that has its technology deployed at thousands of colleges, universities, businesses and communities. Prior to joining Rave, Todd was responsible for launching new products for Unica Corporation where he helped drive their successful IPO. Previously, Todd was VP of Product and Marketing for iBelong, a portal provider targeting affinity organizations and a Program Manager at Dell Computer where he launched Dell’s branded ISP. Todd graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. After graduation from West Point he served 7 years in the US Army as an aviation officer.
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