Development Organizations (SDO) Emergency Services
Summoning police, fire department, ambulance or other
emergency services in case of emergency is one of the fundamental and
most-valued functions of the telephone. As telephone functionality
moves from circuit-switched telephony to Internet telephony, its users
rightfully expect that this core functionality will continue to work at
least as well as is has for the older technology. New devices and
services are being made available which could be used to make a request
for help which are not traditional telephones, and users are
increasingly expecting them to be used to place emergency calls.
However, many of the technical advantages of Internet multimedia
require re-thinking of the traditional emergency calling architecture.
This challenge also offers an opportunity to improve the operation of
emergency calling technology, while potentially lowering its cost and
Existing emergency services rely exclusively on voice
and conventional text telephony (known as TTY in the United States)
media streams. However, more choices of media offer additional ways to
communicate and evaluate the situation as well as to assist callers and
call takers to handle emergency calls. For example, instant messaging,
wideband speech codecs and video could improve the ability to
communicate and evaluate the situation and to provide appropriate
instruction prior to arrival of emergency crews. Future emergency
services will allow the creation of sessions of any media type,
negotiated between the caller and PSAP using existing SIP protocol
Today many standardization activities take place with
regard to various parts of the emergency service architecture. They
are, however, not as coordinated as they could be. There is the danger
that uncoordinated activities lead to solutions that either do not work
in some circumstances or to solutions that lead to duplicatework due
to lack of knowledge of work done by other SDOs.
Three SDO emergency services workshops have been held
already and a number of other smaller coordination activities took
place. These workshops took place in the US (New
Washington DC, and Brussels).
This workshop is restricted in scope to citizen-to-authority
communication and authority-to-citizen
The high-level agenda is the following:
- Integration demonstration
- Discussion of the overall operational characteristics
of the system from an operator and PSAP POV
- SDO Updates (IETF, Wimax, NENA, IEEE, 3GPP, 3GPP2,
Cablelabs, DSL Forum, Comcare, ATIS-ESIF, OMA, ETSI EMTEL, etc.)
- SDO Updates (cont..)
- Early Warning
A more detailed but work-in-progress agenda can be found here:
The high-level goals of the SDO emergency services
coordination workshops are:
- To learn more about the ongoing and upcoming
emergency related work
- To synchronize standardization efforts
- To provide and to receive feedback
This is an information sharing event. New insights and
new contacts from other SDOs will help the participants to influence
work in their organization.
The 4th emergency services workshop goals are more specific.
As the various SDO
architectures and resultant proposals are becoming
mature, operational entities are evaluating the administration of the
next generation emergency services networks. One area this workshop
will focus is on the operational aspect of building/maintaining these
new architectures. We will also examine various use cases from an
architectural viewpoint, looking for areas that have not been addressed
by the current work in the various SDOs. Included will be a status
update of the work within the SDOs represented, such that any inter-SDO
dependencies that may be in jeopardy can be identified.
22, 23, and 24 April 2008
(8:30am-6:00pm, every day)
and Meeting Location
|The meeting will take place at the following
|725 W Peachtree St
The meeting is hosted by AT&T.
warning: Peachtree St and W Peachtree St
are NOT the same street. They run parallel, a block or two apart. Over
streets in Atlanta
have “Peachtree” in their name. Make sure the
street name matches precisely.
There are 4 hotels nearby,
within easy walking distance. Many
other hotels are available that have easy MARTA access, such as Wyndam
Midtown Atlanta, Four Seasons Atlanta, Marriot Atlanta Downtown, and
suggest getting a hotel on the North-South MARTA line, and not north of
Lindbergh station. At Peachtree Center Station (2 stations south of North Avenue)
the Hilton Atlanta and Marriot Marquis Atlanta.
1. HOTEL INDIGO ATLANTA MIDTOWN [This is closest;
smallish, but newly
renovated rooms; AT&T rate $116]683
PEACHTREE ST., ATLANTA,
GA 30308 404-874-9200
2. RENAISSANCE ATLANTA DOWNTOWN
[AT&T rate $127]590
W. PEACHTREE ST. N.W., ATLANTA,
GA 30308 404-881-6000
3. THE GEORGIAN TERRACE [This
is 2nd closest, next door to
Hotel Indigo, and is popular because most rooms are large with Southern
Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta,
651-2316 or 404-897-1991
4. Regency Suites Hotel [Newly
renovated, suites, about 5
blocks (0.3mi/0.5km) north of meeting; not shown on map below; use
Midtown station for MARTA access. AT&T rate is $119]975
W PEACHTREE ST NE, Atlanta,
GA 30309 404-876-5003
This map has hotels indicated
as black circles 1, 2, and 3. The red square
"MT2" is where
we’re meeting, and the North Avenue MARTA station
is the long blue
rectangle labeled “N3”. Our meeting place, 725
W Peachtree St
(Midtown 2), is just north of the MARTA station, on the other side of 3rd St.
The main entrance is on Cypress St.
MARTA is Atlanta’s
public transportation system. I ride it
every workday, and can recommend it as the best way to get around the
doesn’t run from 1am to 5am). Here is the link to its
If you intend to
do sightseeing, you may want to print out a Rail Map from this site.
trips are $1.75/ride + $0.50 for the re-chargeable card (one time
good for 90 days). You can buy a 7-day pass for $13. The 7 days start
use. Trip fare covers both the rail and bus system. If you arrive at
airport during “normal” hours, there are usually
many MARTA employees ready and
willing to help you and answer your questions. The fare machines take
cards. I’ve heard that the 7 day passes can only be bought
from the machines
and not at the fare windows.
It's a direct ride from the
airport to the North Avenue (N3)
MARTA station. All trains from the airport go to North Avenue
(and all southbound trains
go to the airport). Trains run every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on time
It takes about 20 minutes from the airport to North Avenue.
The station is in the
basement of the AT&T Center.
Exit to the north
(follow signs to “AT&T Center”),
going to the Renaissance Hotel. That's to the south. [Note: We
at the AT&T
– we’re meeting across the street
at the AT&T Midtown 2 building at 725 W Peachtree St.,
with main entrance on Cypress St.]
Taxi between the airport and
Midtown (where we’re meeting)
is a flat $32 + $2 for each additional person. This is a published,
rate, so don’t let them rip you off. Some people tell me that
MARTA to a hotel at midnight is an uneasy experience (meeting homeless
on a deserted street at night), so please consider this when planning
you insist on renting or driving a car, you can pay
to do daytime parking in the AT&T/BellSouth parking lot on the
corner of W
(enter from W Peachtree St).
There’s no free parking available.
Some good walking distance
Gordon Biersch (Brew Pub)
Toast (European style
Buckhead (from the MARTA
Buckhead station, or by taxi) has
many restaurants and clubs and is the heart of nightlife in Atlanta.
For a list of restaurants in
Buckhead, categorized by either “country and
region” or by “type of food or
service”, go to http://www.buckhead.net/dining/.
Popular Tourist Destinations
In case you have some spare
time, here is some tourist info.
tourist destinations are accessible from MARTA. MARTA provides a list
popular destinations, and how to get there by MARTA, at http://www.itsmarta.com/explore/destinations.htm.
This site also has links to the websites of these destinations.
Aquarium: This has become the number one tourist attraction in Atlanta.
- World of
If you’re interested in the history of Martin Luther King and
his contributions to the civil rights movement.
Take MARTA north to Arts Center
(any northbound train) and
shuttle to Atlantic Station; to Lenox station (on the NE line
– pick a
“Doraville” train) for Lenox Mall (regular mall) or
(upscale mall); to Dunwoody station (on the N line – pick a
train) for Perimeter Mall; or south to Five Points station for the
This meeting is again planned as a public
All participants have to register (regardless whether you give a
presentation or not). The workshop registration webpage can be found at https://edas.info/r6443. A 150 USD registration
will be collected for food, drinks and social event.
In case you plan to give a presentation please help us to structure the discussions by sending us a
abstract and duration of the presentation as soon as possible.
The slides will be distributed
after the workshop.
We are going to use the xmpp:email@example.com.
If you are new to Jabber then you might want to take a
look at the following webpage.
Jabber logfiles will be made available after the
Conference Bridge / Webex
Please find information about remote participation via conference bridge and Webex here:
The program chairs will produce a podcast recordings of the meeting. The
recordings will be distributed after the meeting.
|This workshop is
organized by the following
We would like to thank
for their financial support.
If you have questions please direct them to Hannes.Tschofenig@gmx.net
with a subject header of "SDO Emergency Services Workshop".
Last modified: 23th April 2008