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Glossary of Terms



This document provides common terms and acronyms that can be found throughout the RapidSOS Developer Portal. Refer to these terms and concepts to get more as reference.


Terms & Concepts


Terms Definition
PSAP Public Safety Answering Point
APCO Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International
NG911 Next Generation 911. Upgrading PSAPs to IP-based systems to modernize public safety. Provides first responders with richer, more accurate data to improve emergency response. It will help improve response rates, filter out false positives, and link millions more people to first responders
Enhanced 911 System to automatically provide location data to PSAPs. This system provides location data to PSAPs, either through mobile signal triangulation or landline address registration. It Improves capacity and efficacy of first responders by providing them with richer, more accurate data for incident response. This system reduces response time and operating costs, thereby improving efficiency. It Improves confidence in emergency response by providing an avenue for the use of modern communications technologies with 911. Additionally, it Improves interoperations between emergency management entities like local, state, and federal authorities
ESInets Broadband-enabled networks supporting the transmission of video, images, and other bandwidth-intensive data files that can choke narrow-band systems
GIS Geographic Information System Mapping
IoT Internet of Things
ECC Emergency Communications Center
EENA The European Emergency Number Association
NISC National Information Solutions Cooperative
NENA The 911 Association improves 911 through research, standards development, training, education, outreach, and advocacy.
NENA i3 Solution Infrastructure standards set by NENA that describe the network, component, and interface requirements for NG911

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