There is a desire by numerous groups and agencies (NENA, APCO, FCC, DHS, DOT to name a few) that, as a nation, we transition as quickly as possible to NextGen 9-1-1 technologies.
Recently, my team and I spent the day here in Palm Beach County with Alan Benway, Executive Director of Product Management for AT&T ESInet and Mike Nelson, VP and Sr Technical Officer for West Safety Services (formerly Intrado). West pioneered the Field of Dreams concept for ESInets- “build it and they will come.”
After receiving an in-depth technical dive into the offering, I believe that the West/ AT&T ESInet as a Service (EaaS) offering, rather than a RFP based- build a dedicated system model- will gain tremendous momentum. It simplifies an extremely complex aspect of moving to NG9-1-1. West has other Partners reselling their current two node offering (e.g. Motorola and CenturyLink), but AT&T is investing millions in buildout, adding nodes and aggregation points across the US.
I believe that this partnership will inspire others to provide a similar EaaS product offering. Now, if we can encourage State level funding, we can get some serious traction.
Simply plug in..