Standard for 9-1-1 National Address Database Released
Thursday, November 03, 2016 | Comments

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) released a new standard, titled Location Accuracy Improvements for Emergency Calls (ATIS-0700028 v1.1), which defines the architecture and requirements for buildout of the 9-1-1 National Emergency Address Database (NEAD), as well as how information in the database will be processed.

NEAD will store information related to the location of Wi-Fi access points and Bluetooth beacons in an effort to provide dispatchable location information to public-safety officials.

"With the proliferation of wireless mobile devices that are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, it is imperative that these devices have the ability to tap into those resources to augment existing methods that allow an emergency caller's location to be known," said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. "This new standard marks yet another of our many contributions toward enhancing the effectiveness of wireless emergency 9-1-1 services and supporting public-safety officials."

This ATIS standard was developed in response to a voluntary agreement for improving location accuracy for emergency calls developed and signed by carriers and public-safety agencies. The agreement includes a road map for technology changes that was submitted to the FCC in response to an FCC initiative to provide a number of improvements to emergency location capabilities. The new ATIS standard specifically supports the goals stated in the road map.

Last month, The 911 National Emergency Address Database (NEAD), an independent entity established by CTIA, selected West's Safety Services to develop and operate the NEAD platform. ATIS is the NEAD project manager.

Access the standard here.

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