NextNav, GeoComm Partner to Improve Indoor Mapping for 9-1-1
Wednesday, May 04, 2022 | Comments

GeoComm, a public-safety location intelligence platform provider, announced a new partnership with NextNav, a provider of z-axis vertical positioning, to enhance floor-aware indoor mapping for E9-1-1.

Recent regulatory requirements from the FCC require the 9-1-1 caller's vertical location to be determined with +/- 3-meter accuracy 80% of the time. NextNav's solution far exceeds that requirement, delivering +/- 3 meters 94% of the time, according to independent tests. Using local geographic information system (GIS) data and building information, GeoComm systems can convert raw positioning measurements received from wireless carriers into dispatchable locations including, but not limited to, building name, street address and sub-address elements such as floor and room number. Improved accuracy in locations empowers emergency responders to locate 9-1-1 callers inside buildings faster, saving more lives and protecting more property.

“9-1-1 positioning technology is moving indoors,” said John Brosowsky, vice president (VP) of innovation at GeoComm. “Thanks to the hard work of many in the industry, we are now witnessing a convergence of regulation, enforcement, legislation, standards and technology enabling accurate positioning of emergency callers and responders indoors. But without an indoor map, a highly accurate and precise indoor position is little more than a blue dot on an otherwise blank whiteboard. The partnership with NextNav gives us the ability to make our indoor maps truly floor aware by, for the first time ever, enabling accurate Z-axis surveying inside multistory buildings.”

Through the partnership with NextNav, GeoComm systems are also enabled with the ability to take indoor tactical mapping displays to the next level, automatically highlighting the vertical location from where a 9-1-1 call originated in a multistory building. This partnership builds upon NextNav’s recent partnership announcement with a nationwide wireless carrier to provide precise vertical location information for 9-1-1 callers.

“Bringing vertical location capabilities to the public-safety ecosystem will expedite our industry’s ongoing transformation to a next generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) end state, and as a result help to save lives,” said Dan Hight, VP of business development and partnerships. “With NextNav’s Pinnacle service and through partnerships with leaders in the industry like GeoComm, agencies gain precise vertical location intelligence that can be easily provided to PSAPs without the need for an additional pane of glass.”

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