Lessons Learned on the Operation of the LoST Protocol for Mobile IP-Based Emergency Calls Academic Article uri icon


  • The technology used in citizen-to-authority emergency calls is based on traditional telephony, that is, circuit-switched systems. However, new standards and protocols are being developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to allow emergency communications over packet switched networks, such as the Internet. This architecture is known as Next Generation-9-1-1 (NG-911). In this paper, the authors present lessons learned from experiments on the IETF standard called Location to Service Translation protocol (LoST). LoST maps the users location to the address of the emergency call center that serves that location. After implementing the standards in a test-bed with real-world systems, spatial databases, and communication networks, the authors observed performance issues that users may experience. Based on their observations, the authors propose practical ideas to improve the performance of the NG-911 system and LoST protocol operation for mobile users.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Goulart, A., Zacchi, A., Chintapatla, B., & Magnussen, W.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Goulart, Ana||Zacchi, Anna||Chintapatla, Bharath||Magnussen, Walt

publication date

  • July 2010