When an emergency strikes, deploying the correct emergency response is just as important as delivering timely assistance. With advancements in public safety technology, cloud calling with NG9-1-1 can help initiate the proper emergency response services and resources faster than ever before.
NextGen9-1-1 makes it possible to access vital information and communicate with a level of efficiency that was unthinkable even a few years ago. Pairing this system with cloud technology is already revolutionizing how public safety responds to incoming 9-1-1 calls.
In this blog from NGA, we'll explore cloud calling with NG911, how it works, and how it helps emergency services save more lives.
Table of Contents:
What is Cloud Calling?
How Does it Work in Practice with NG911?
The Benefits of Cloud Calling with NG911
Enhancing Emergency Response
At its most basic level, cloud calling refers to any voice or data communication transmitted over the internet rather than through traditional phone lines. This system allows for a more flexible and scalable phone system accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.
Cloud calling can support both voice and video calls and is often used in business environments and emerging public safety solutions.
When someone calls 9-1-1, the NG9-1-1 system captures more than just the caller's phone number and location. The infrastructure can also capture additional data, such as real-time text, photos, and videos. Emergency personnel can then use this additional data to understand the situation better and initiate the correct emergency response.
Cloud calling with NG9-1-1 takes this further by utilizing cloud technology to route the call to the appropriate PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point). This helps to ensure that the call is answered by the nearest available PSAP, reducing response times.
Once the call is answered, the NG9-1-1 system provides the call taker with all the information captured. This allows them to assess the situation and initiate the appropriate emergency response quickly.
NG9-1-1, or Next Generation 9-1-1, is a nationwide collaborative effort to improve 9-1-1 services by updating the emergency system's capabilities and infrastructure. NG9-1-1 replaces the traditional Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) system, (which only supports voice calling) with more advanced capabilities such as multimedia messaging, transmitting photos, videos, geospatial data, and IP (Internet Protocol)-based communication.
Next Generation 9-1-1 offers better location accuracy, lower latency, and rich media capabilities, making emergency communications more accurate and efficient. With NG9-1-1, PSAPs can receive and process data from various sources. In a SIP to SIP (Session Internet Protocol) implementation it makes future technologies easy to integrate.
For example, automatic vehicle crash notifications can help emergency responders reach the scene faster, increasing the victim's survival rate.
Cloud call technology with NG911 offers several benefits that make it ideal for the modern world. For example, cloud-based calling is a reliable and robust system that can work under almost any conditions. This technology enables the system to withstand various failures, such as power outages, natural disasters, and hardware failures.
Another advantage of this solution is that it can increase the efficiency of dispatchers. This is because the cloud-based system is effortless to manage and allows for quick rollouts as more people join the network.
Cloud calling is also scalable, so it can easily handle increased traffic volume without affecting call quality or latency.
Enhancing emergency response by providing real-time data, location accuracy, and multimedia messages. For example, a caller can use emergency cloud calling to send pictures or videos of the scene, helping 9-1-1 responders know what to expect. With Next Generation 911 cloud calling, responders can reach the location faster than ever, potentially saving more lives.
Cloud-based calling allows seamless integration with other safety services such as fire, police, and EMS, improving incident coordination. This interconnected system ensures that the right emergency response is initiated immediately.
Cloud-based calling with NG911 offers higher reliability, scalability, and flexibility to the already robust Next Generation 911 emergency system. With real-time data processing, multimedia messaging, and location information, these solutions can dramatically enhance emergency response times.
The technology also offers significant benefits for PSAPs and other first responders, allowing them to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Overall, cloud calling with NG911 is a cutting-edge solution to enhance emergency services in the digital era.