Better indoor location for emergency call in the US on its way.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) announced that it supports the voluntary consensus plan for providing heightened wireless 911 indoor and outdoor location accuracy, presented to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 14, 2014 by AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
The plan advances wireless 911 location accuracy, including the use of newer technologies for giving a “dispatchable location” to first responders. A dispatchable location adds details such as floor, suite, or apartment to the civic address of the calling party, helping to enable a quick, direct response by first responders. The voluntary consensus plan goes beyond the FCC suggestions because it explicitly includes the option to provide the dispatchable location of a wireless 911 caller. Under the consensus plan, wireless operators will be able to choose from a broad array of technologies that can provide an enhanced X/Y/Z location or generate a dispatchable location from deployed devices that leverage numerous indoor location techniques. TCS has invested aggressively in location technology for nearly two decades, and has recently publicly reported on steps taken to address the growing need for an indoor location solution for 911.
Data from the millions of wireless 9-1-1 calls that TCS processes indicate that more wireless 9-1-1 calls are coming from indoor locations, so TCS supports the FCC’s attention to this growing need and opportunity to apply new technology. TCS provides location-based routing and enhanced location delivery for about half of all wireless 9-1-1 calls in the United States. Approximately 40 percent of the general population now use only wireless phones for their voice communication, and about 70 percent of all 911 calls come from wireless phones.
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