NextNav, Qualcomm Collaborate on 9-1-1 Vertical Location
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | Comments

NextNav is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies to enable NextNav’s Pinnacle 9-1-1 Z-axis software and network-based services for use with the Qualcomm Location Suite. This effort makes it easy for device and OEM vendors to integrate Z-axis capabilities into existing carrier infrastructure for 9-1-1 purposes.

“Qualcomm Technologies is a worldwide leader in location technology with more than 10 billion devices shipped to date using our positioning solutions,” said Francesco Grilli, vice president, product management, Qualcomm. “Our collaboration with NextNav represents a significant step in assisting first responders in determining the vertical location of an emergency caller indoors and in multi-story environments. We will continue to work with innovative technology providers, vendors, manufacturers and telecommunication companies to make these solutions available to consumers everywhere.”

The agreement will encompass multiple mobile platforms not served by iOS and Android operating systems including feature phones based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), KaiOS and other Linux-based devices such as wearables or 5G customer premise equipment (CPE) hotspots that require voice capability, all of which must meet the FCC’s Z-axis requirements for E9-1-1. As part of the collaboration, NextNav Pinnacle 9-1-1, a solution capable of meeting the FCC’s Z-axis requirements for E9-1-1, is expected to be available on commercial devices starting in 2022.

“We are excited to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies in bringing z-axis capabilities to feature phones, wearables and other mass market commercial devices,” said NextNav CEO and Founder Ganesh Pattabiraman. “Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in the mobile phone industry combined with our nationwide Z-axis capabilities is poised to help carriers and device manufacturers with a seamless way to help save lives and protect communities across the United States.”

NextNav Pinnacle 9-1-1 delivers floor-level altitude measurements that enable public-safety answering points (PSAPs) to more accurately locate E9-1-1 callers in indoor, multistory environments. In an independent evaluation by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) commissioned by the FCC, Pinnacle 9-1-1 was able to deliver ±3 meters 94% of the time, consistently exceeding the 80% benchmark set by the FCC. NextNav’s Pinnacle service covers more than 4,400 cities and towns, as well 90% of buildings greater than three stories in the United States, exceeding the FCC’s requirement for carriers to offer Z-axis in the top 25 U.S. markets by April 2022.

The collaboration builds on NextNav’s extensive partnerships within public safety. FirstNet, Built with AT&T recently selected NextNav Pinnacle to provide highly accurate altitude capabilities for first responders. Others, including Intrepid Networks, 3AM innovations and TRX Systems have also integrated the solution into their applications and platforms to deliver high-precision vertical location capabilities to improve situational awareness for first responders across the nation.

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