TCS, Cisco Using Wi-Fi for 9-1-1 Indoor Geolocation

TCS, Cisco Using Wi-Fi for 9-1-1 Indoor Geolocation
TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) and Cisco are collaborating to complement standard 9-1-1 geo-location solutions with Wi-Fi-based technologies to provide indoor location information in emergency situations.

Using Cisco's Mobility Services Engine (MSE) for Wi-Fi together with TCS' GEM 9-1-1 information mapping solution, the companies can now provide an indoor caller's location information to 9-1-1 call takers.

A demonstrattion of the systems working together has been made at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) conference last week in Nashville.

When a cell phone or other device is used to call or text 9-1-1 from a Wi-Fi-equipped indoor area, the location of a nearby Wi-Fi access point can be obtained and displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker. This information is very useful at times when other location techniques such as GPS are not available or inaccurate.

70 percent of emergency calls are currently placed by mobile phones in the United States.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

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