Stage 3 of 9-1-1 Indoor Location Test Bed to Begin Later this Year
Monday, February 06, 2017 | Comments

The 9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed, an independent entity established by CTIA, invited vendors of location accuracy technologies to participate in stage three of the 9-1-1 indoor location technologies test bed.

Stages one and two of the test bed focused on verifying the indoor performance of existing or commercially available 9-1-1 location technologies. Stage three will focus on location technologies in a variety of production-ready stages. The availability of stage three demonstrates the wireless industry and public-safety community's commitment to considering how new technologies can continue to enhance the capabilities of the nation's 9-1-1 system.

Stage three testing is on schedule to occur in the San Francisco and Atlanta regions later this year. All test results are confidential to the test participants, but participants are encouraged to share summary results with wireless industry and public-safety stakeholders who can evaluate the performance of various technologies.

Consistent with the FCC's 2015 Order on Indoor Wireless 9-1-1 Location Accuracy, CTIA established the test bed to independently and transparently evaluate the indoor performance of new and existing wireless 9-1-1 location information technologies.

"We are working collaboratively with the public-safety community to thoroughly evaluate new technologies under real-life conditions," said Test Bed Vice President Tom Sawanobori. "We look forward to stage three of the 9-1-1 location technology testing to support further innovation in emergency communications, including indoor location accuracy. We are pleased that this testing infrastructure is helping evaluate whether new communications technologies will improve 9-1-1 location accuracy and help first responders and consumers."

The test bed is managed by The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). "Providing the solutions needed to improve the location accuracy for wireless 9-1-1 calls is an ATIS priority," said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. "As test bed manager, we are excited to see our work put into action through the test bed at the production-ready stage. The stage three testing continues the critical evaluation of technologies that advance emergency services location accuracy to deliver lifesaving results."

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