Nationwide 9-1-1 Indoor Location Accuracy Rules Go into Effect Sept. 28
Monday, August 31, 2020 | Comments

A new requirement that nationwide wireless providers must deploy Z-axis technology nationwide by April 2025 while giving non-nationwide wireless providers an additional year to do so within their service areas will go into effect Sept. 28.

In July, the FCC released a sixth report and order and order on reconsideration of its 9-1-1 indoor location accuracy requirements. In addition to creating the nationwide requirement, the FCC also affirmed the 2021 and 2023 Z-axis requirements that it established in 2019.

In November 2019, the FCC established a Z-axis location accuracy metric of ±3 meters relative to the handset for 80% of indoor wireless 9-1-1 calls. Nationwide wireless providers must meet April 2021 and April 2023 deadlines for deploying Z-axis technology, which must comply with the metric for accuracy in the top 25 and 50 markets, respectively.

The newest rules require wireless providers to meet an increasingly stringent series of location accuracy benchmarks in accordance with a timetable, including providing the caller’s dispatch location, such as the street address and apartment number, or coordinate-based Z-axis location.

The new rules were published in the Federal Register on Aug. 28, and will go into effect on Sept. 28, 30 days after their publication.

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