Qualcomm, Polaris Wireless Partner on 9-1-1 Vertical Location Delivery
Thursday, August 19, 2021 | Comments

Polaris Wireless is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies to deliver Polaris’ vertical Z-axis location through the Qualcomm Location Suite.

The companies are working to facilitate the adoption of a fully integrated solution for feature phones and other cellular devices not served by iOS and Android operating systems. The effort takes advantage of Polaris Wireless’ Z-axis location technology, which is designed to exceed the FCC’s 3-meter Z-axis accuracy requirement. Qualcomm has enhanced the capabilities of the Qualcomm Location Suite to provide Z-axis location information via a standards-based interface, known as LPPe, which is the delivery method favored by mobile service providers.

“We are very enthusiastic about our collaboration with a world-class company like Qualcomm Technologies,” said Manlio Allegra, CEO and founder of Polaris Wireless. “By combining Polaris Wireless’ deep experience in 3D location with Qualcomm Technologies’ unparalleled position in the mobile ecosystem, we will support currently unserved wireless subscribers who deserve to be located with the best possible accuracy in emergency situations.”

The Qualcomm Location Suite is a highly integrated solution, including device chipset, software, cloud services and support for operators. The solution has delivered accurate location with superior speed and efficiency supporting emergency location services in the U.S. and globally for two decades.

“The addition of vertical location is poised to help first responders to better determine the floor of an emergency caller within a multistory building,” said Francesco Grilli, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies. “We continue to work with mobile operators, component manufacturers, and location innovators to support FCC regulations in a seamless manner for OEMs and users. We are proud of this work with Polaris Wireless to make it possible.”

The collaboration is set to accelerate the delivery of 3D location capabilities for non-Android and non-iOS feature phones, which represent a vital part of the base of wireless devices.

“Public safety is best served when technology innovators collaborate with one another, as well as with the 9-1-1 community,” said Brian Fontes, CEO of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). “This effort to enhance location accuracy is a great example of what can be achieved when companies work together to improve 9-1-1.”

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