IEEE P802.23 Emergency Services Working Group Debuts

PISCATAWAY, N.J., 9 July, 2010 – The IEEE P802.23 Emergency Services Working Group (WG) has been formed and is set to host its inaugural meeting during the upcoming IEEE 802 Local and Metropolitan Standards Committee (LMSC) Plenary Week in San Diego, California, from 11-16 July.

The working group members will elect officers, establish membership, and begin drafting its initial standard. Running concurrently with IEEE 802 Plenary Week, daily meeting sessions for the IEEE P802.23 WG will be held from 13-15 July beginning at 9 a.m. PDT at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at One Market Place in downtown San Diego.

Current 802 members, other key IEEE 802 stakeholders, and interested individuals and organizations, such as emergency service authorities, government agencies, service providers, hardware and software developers, and media are welcome to attend the opening meeting.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society/Local and Metropolitan Area Networks Committee, the IEEE P802.23 WG was formed to develop a portfolio of standards facilitating compliance applicable to global civil authority requirements for emergency communications systems leveraging IEEE 802 networks. Included in the group’s first standard will be infrastructure location information and additional elements needed to support voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls to Emergency Services.

“With increasing numbers of services and applications migrating to IEEE 802 packet networks, it is critical that the robust architecture and infrastructure needed to support Emergency Services communications across Local and Metropolitan Area Networks is in place,” said Geoff Thompson, IEEE P802.23 WG Chair. “VoIP emergency calls are currently less effective than those placed via traditional wireline and cellular networks, so we look forward to developing a portfolio of standards designed to address this challenge on a global level.”

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