NPSTC Files Comments on Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements

NPSTC Files Comments on Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements. NPSTC strongly supports the Commission’s proposal to establish accuracy requirements for E911 calls made from indoor locations. The proposed requirements will help public safety more accurately locate members of the public making E911 calls from indoor locations. In addition, the continued refinement of wireless indoor location technology should provide location mechanisms which can be leveraged to help locate first responders in need of assistance.Indoor-location-services-on-mobile-phone-1024x682

The Commission noted that the majority of 911 calls come from wireless phones and therefore “…it is increasingly important for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to have the ability to accurately identify the location of wireless 911 callers regardless of whether the caller is located indoors or outdoors.” The Commission proposed the following near-term and longer-term location accuracy metrics:   50 meter horizontal axis accuracy for 67% of 911 indoor calls within 2 years of rule adoption, increasing to 80% at 5 years; and 3 meter vertical axis accuracy for 67% of 911 indoor calls within 2 years of rule adoption, increasing to 80% at 5 years

NPSTC supports the Commission’s proposal to bring more focus on indoor location accuracy. Specification of location accuracy metrics is important for both the vertical and horizontal axes, and NPSTC congratulates the Commission on including both components in its proposal. Read NPSTC’s Filing Here. http://www.npstc.org/regulatoryActions.jsp