Press release: Aculab participates in first NG112 Communications Plugtest in Europe
21st March 2016, Milton Keynes, UK – Aculab, a leading provider of deployment proven telephony products to the global communications market is pleased to announce its participation in the first ever emergency communications interoperability Plugtest in Europe, an event that took place between 14-18 March, in Sophia-Antipolis, France.
The event, organised by ETSI and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), was designed to trial independently and jointly all components of the 112 communication chain based on NG112 networks. During the event, different items of the NG112 chain were put to the test.
Aculab’s GroomerII gateway, tested during the Plugtest, forms a key element of the EENA NG112 Long Term Definition (LTD) defined Legacy Network Gateway (LNG). In its capacity as the Protocol Interworking Function (PIF) for an LNG, Aculab’s gateway acts as the critical interworking interface for emergency calls between the legacy switching equipment in fixed and mobile carriers’ exchange offices and the EENA LTD defined Emergency Services Internetwork (ESInet).
“We are proud that our solution was part of the NG112 Plugtest event, and to have participated in that learning experience. Improving citizen access to emergency services is a fundamental goal, and we will continue to optimise our products to do just that,” commented Ian Colville, Product Manager, Gateways, at Aculab.
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose almost 800 member companies and organizations, drawn from 64 countries, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.
EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.
The EENA memberships include more than 1200 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 75 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and over 90 researchers.
Aculab is an innovative, market leading company that presents world class telephony resources on a range of cloud, software and hardware-based platforms to the global communications market. With many years of experience in helping to drive our customers’ success, our enabling technology provides the essential components required to deliver multimodal voice, data and fax solutions for use within IP, PSTN and mobile networks – with performance levels that are second to none.
Aculab serves the evolving needs of developers, integrators, service providers and equipment manufacturers with cost-effective, deployment proven, high performance products. Companies worldwide have adopted our technology for a wide variety of business critical services and solutions.
Aculab's head office is located in Milton Keynes, UK.