DOT to test Next Generation 9-1-1 system

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The Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration on Friday, Jan. 18, announced the selection of five partnership sites that will test its Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG-911) network prototype: Helena, Mont.; Rochester, N.Y.; Seattle; St. Paul, Minn.; and the state of Indiana.

Under a 9-1-1 network model currently being developed by DOT, call takers and dispatchers at 9-1-1 centers will be able to send and receive digital pictures and video, e-mail and text messages, and other modern communications from computers and handheld devices instead of relying solely on the traditional 9-1-1 telephone calls.

The demonstrations are expected to begin in April. For more information, call Kim Riddle at 202-366-5128.