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Intrado Delivers VoIP E-911 Solution With Verizon in New York

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld_on_request)
Tue, 03 May 2005 19:56:04 -0400

May 3, 2005 5:51 PM
By Donny Jackson

Leading 911 vendor Intrado has announced it is installing equipment to
deliver voice-over-IP (VoIP) emergency-service calls in New York City
directly to appropriate public-safety answering points (PSAPs) with
address and call-back information through the traditional E-911

Intrado has offered a 'V-911' solution that directs VoIP 911 calls to
the appropriate PSAP, but those calls are delivered to the PSAP's
administrative line instead of being routed directly to a
dispatcher. But the New York City solution uses an Intrado gateway
that directs VoIP 911 calls in the New York area to the appropriate
selective router -- owned by incumbent phone carrier Verizon
Communications -- so they can be answered by a PSAP dispatcher, said
Marcus Andronici, Intrado's product and marketing manager for VoIP

"Here, we have gone another level, in that we're creating the
infrastructure to deliver calls to Verizon's selective routers,"
Andronici said. "This is going to be the first access to a Verizon
selective router."

Indeed, leading VoIP provider Vonage has repeatedly stated that
gaining access to incumbent carrier's selective routers is necessary
to provide emergency-calling service in the legacy 911 system. After
initially meeting with some resistance from incumbent carriers, Vonage
officials have said their company has reached agreements with Verizon
and Qwest Communications on selective-router access.

But access to the selective router is not just a limitation for
companies like Vonage, Andronici said. Even Verizon's own VoIP
product, VoiceWing, was not allowed access to the selective router
because the VoiceWing arm is not regulated as a telephone carrier, he

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