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Industry Reaches Agreement on 911 Indoor Location Accuracy to Support Emergency Communications

This week, wireless industry stakeholders and the public safety community announced an important agreement on the future of 911 indoor location accuracy standards.  Protecting first responders and being able to readily aid citizens using wireless devices in emergency situations is critical to our nation’s safety and well being.

Stakeholders presented a roadmap to the FCC, which provides both short-term and long-term improvements for delivering a “dispatchable location” for indoor 911 calls, so emergency responders can more accurately locate the emergency caller.  The plan is technology neutral so carriers have flexibility in employing a variety of technologies.

The roadmap also establishes a test bed for all technologies, as well as reporting metrics for monitoring performance and assessing progress of implementation.  This is great news for wireless users and a significant commitment to improved location accuracy that first responders and wireless users need for emergency care.

The consensus plan, signed by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) can be found here.