The NG9-1-1 Interoperability Oversight Commission (NIOC) is pleased to announce release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Forest Guide. The Forest Guide is a core functional element in IETF and NG9-1-1 standards to allow for transfer of calls between disparate ESInets.
The Forest Guide?s functionality is described in IETF 5582 and a Forest Guide for NG9-1-1 is specified in NENA?s i3 Standard for NG9-1-1. The Forest Guide is a LoST server which contains mappings of other LoST servers. In NG9-1-1, the Forest Guide will be queried by an Emergency Call Routing Function (ECRF) which the ECRF receives a query for a location for which it has no mappings, such as a location in a distant state; the Forest Guide will in turn provide the ECRF with routing information to route the call. This provides for interoperability between disparate ESInets for location-based routing. For users in the field, the Forest Guide will allow one to safely and securely transfer a call using any location in the world where NG9-1-1 is available, without knowing any additional information about the PSAP serving that location.
The RFP is available here. Prospective vendors must indicate their interest in writing to NIOC at [email protected] by January 6, 2021. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held January 13, 2021. Any questions are due by January 20, 2021, with responses provided by January 29, 2021. Proposals are due by February 15, 2021. These dates are subject to change at any time; such changes will be published at ng911ioc.org and will be included in a subsequent press release, if necessary. It is the vendor responsibility to monitor the NIOC website for any changes.
Additionally, NIOC is assembling an RFP review committee to assist in reviewing and scoring RFPs. If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected]. Volunteers from across the public-safety spectrum ? including engineers, programmers, vendor representatives, government officials, telecommunicators, and academics ? are welcomed.
The NG9-1-1 Interoperability Oversight Commission (NIOC) is the independent oversight governance body for the NG9-1-1 Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Forest Guide, and other technical-interoperability services necessary for interoperability and security in NG9-1-1. More information is available at ng911ioc.org.