The recent release of the document “Recommended Best Practices for Supplemental 9-1-1 Location Data” by NENA, NASNA and iCert formally legitimizes the concept of having an additional data repository that can exist in the ‘cloud’ (the green oval in the diagram below), outside of the NextGen Core Services model.
RapidSoS was the first company to present a cloud based service offering (Clearing House) to the Public Safety community. Initially this is a way to push ‘supplement location data’ to 9-1-1 centers. However, once this connectivity into the 9-1-1 center exists, providers like RapidSoS will be able to provide additional data (vehicle crash, etc. but basically a LOT of different sources) to the centers. The centers will be in control of what data they will accept. A number of firms are lining up to connect their offerings to Rapids’ Clearinghouse. NO NextGen Network REQUIRED. This last statement is HUGE as 9-1-1 centers do not have to wait for a NG9-1-1 deployment to take advantage of this technology.
Diagram from the Best Practices Document
We can expect, in the next few months, that there will be a number of announcements by vendors offering ADR services.