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Partnership with Iowa HSEMD to Merge 911 Networks

ICN will partner with Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEMD) to provide a private and secure network for 911 wireline (landline) calls. ICN will provide infrastructure and services for merging the existing wireline carrier network, consisting of all the State’s wireline service providers, onto HSEMD’s Next Generation 911 (NG911) IP Network.

The merged network will be able to handle up to 10Gb per link of capacity and will include protected power, protected paths, and redundant equipment. This project will merge the wireline call delivery with the wireless call delivery architecture. Today, analog wireline calls and wireless 911 calls are delivered using separate networks. ICN will aggregate analog wireline 911 calls, convert the calls to IP, and merge with HSEMD's existing NG911 network.

Benefits to ICN’s network merging plan include:                                          

  • Limited maintenance downtime between the combined wireless/wireline networks.
  • Public safety grade service level agreements.
  • Ability to dedicate 24/7/365 network monitoring, maintenance, and support to maximize critical service needs.

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