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FCC makes proposal to help first responders locate 911 callers in multi-story buildings

Friday 15 March 2019 | 19:12 CET | News

The Federal Communications Commission proposed to help first responders more accurately locate people who make wireless 911 calls from multi-story buildings. The proposal would assist 911 call centres in identifying the floor level where the 911 call occurred, which can reduce emergency response times and ultimately save lives.

FCC said the proposal is part of its ongoing effort to improve its Enhanced 911 location accuracy rules, which require wireless providers to automatically transmit to 911 call centres information on the location of wireless 911 callers. The rules require wireless providers to meet an increasingly stringent series of location accuracy benchmarks in accordance with a timetable, including provision of the caller’s “dispatchable location” or vertical location on a phased-in basis as of April 2021. The Commission previously deferred a decision on a specific vertical location accuracy metric until it received additional testing data, which has now occurred.

The Commission proposed a vertical (or “z-axis”) location accuracy metric of plus or minus three meters relative to the handset for 80 percent of indoor wireless 911 calls.  The Commission tentatively concluded that such a location accuracy metric would be sufficiently accurate to identify the caller’s floor level in most cases and would be technically feasible under the timeframes established in the Commission’s Enhanced 911 rules.



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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: FCC
Countries: United States
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