FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler continued to request congressional help to improve the quality and accuracy of 9-1-1 in comments before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Wheeler said the industry is stepping up to many of the challenges, improving 9-1-1 location accuracy, supporting text to 9-1-1, and generally investing to improve network reliability and resiliency. Wheeler said public-safety answering points need help to overcome funding, planning and operational challenges to transition to next-generation 9-1-1. Congress has the unique ability to accelerate the transition to NG 9-1-1 through a clear national call to action that would lower NG 9-1-1 transition costs by shortening the transition period and enabling 9-1-1 authorities to retire legacy facilities more quickly.
New Jersey officials and Rutgers teamed to announce the statewide implementation of a new text-to-9-1-1 system. Text to 9-1-1 allows individuals to contact emergency services for assistance by text instead of voice calling.
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions launched a smart cities initiative, which will create a technology road map to identify key upcoming network-enabled developments to assist planners in developing strategies for integrating, staging and deploying smart cities infrastructure. The road map will cover breakthrough technologies in the context of internet of things, 5G, edge and cloud computing, spectrum considerations and infrastructure resiliency.