Working Again!

After six weeks of no income, I started work this week at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS). I’m assigned to the team working on next generation 911, also called NG911.

Our existing system was designed when land line phones dominated before cell phones were even heard of, at least to the general public.

In the intervening years, cell phone service, and later Voice Over IP (VOIP) or internet phones have been scabbed into the system with some hacks. Good hacks, but they are still hacks. The Next Generation system that the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) has defined will provide a more solid and extensible base for handling the existing system and future growth, including text messages, photos, videos and other sources of information that our mobile communications make possible that can help the emergency responders be better prepared for the situation at hand.

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