TAG: 911

Prince’s death highlights 911 location issues

June 9, 2016By

By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor Prince’s death on April 21 highlights a fatal flaw in the United States’ antiquated 911 emergency system. When you call from cell phone, 911 doesn’t automatically know where you are. 911 often can’t determine the location of an emergency, even when the call for help comes from a GPS-equipped smartphone. Often the 911 operator can only... read more

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Commercial Systems Touted for Indoor Emergency Services

August 27, 2015By
OnStar booth features wrecked car to portray emergency messaging capabilities at APCO.

It is refreshing to see such nascent technology as indoor location being used to enable accurate emergency services response. That’s what’s going on right now as beacons, Wi-Fi and other technology that works inside, where GPS doesn’t work, is being tested nationwide by companies hoping for government adoption. With new FCC regulations that are finally trying to keep up with commercial location products, it may be a reality soon. What really drove location into wireless handsets was the 1990s FCC regulations — will they now drive indoor positioning? read more

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Public Safety Organizations Support FCC Rule to Help Find Wireless 911 Callers

May 19, 2014By

Many of the nation’s leading public safety and public health organizations submitted comments this week in support of a proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule to help emergency responders more quickly and accurately find 911 callers using wireless phones from indoor locations.  More than 300 individuals and organizations filed during the initial comment period with the overwhelming majority supporting the... read more

FCC Order Enables NextNav to Commence Commercial Operations

June 17, 2013By

On June 6, the FCC, following a unanimous vote of the commission, issued an order enabling NextNav, LLC to begin commercial operation of its advanced positioning network, which is designed to support 911 emergency first responders.  NextNav is deploying its nationwide network using Part 90 Multilateration Location and Monitoring Service licenses that are held by its affiliate, Progeny LMS, LLC.... read more

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TeleCommunication System Next Gen 911 First in Production with Carriers

May 28, 2013By

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a provider of mobile communication technology, announced that its TCS VoLTE9-1-1 service is first into production with Tier-1 wireless carriers, including two of the largest North American operators. The fully customizable solution enables 4G/LTE carriers to provide both 911 call routing and originating coarse/precise location information, including the 10-digit callback number, to public safety access points (PSAPs).... read more

Expert Advice: Cloud-Based Location Changes Enterprise Playing Field

September 1, 2011By

New technology and wireless carrier openness now make real-time access to telephone location information available to the enterprise with no application required on the mobile device. Yes, that’s right: no application required! Cloud-based location, offered via direct connections to wireless operators, changes the playing field for enterprises to introduce instant operational efficiencies. Marrying location insight, privacy controls, and multi-modal communications through network application programming interfaces (APIs) provides enterprises with flexibility, cost savings, and time-to-market advantages. Whether delivering geo-targeted promotions, dispatching services, verifying worker activities, or performing other location-relevant actions, businesses now have cross-carrier access to location information for more than 85 percent of U.S. wireless subscribers — instantly! read more

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Rosum Comments on 9-1-1 Location Capability

April 18, 2007By

Rosum Corporation commented on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation?s April 10 hearing on VoIP and the Future of 9-1-1 Services." read more

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Apocalypse 911

October 1, 2001By

"Limited only by our imaginations." read more

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