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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FindMe 911 Coalition Urges FCC to Require Accurate Indoor Locating

Find Me 911 is an effort supported by more than 145,000 individuals, as well as national and local organizations representing a broad range of 911 operators and first responders – emergency medical services personnel, fire fighters and police. Find Me 911 seeks to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) move to quickly establish a reasonable, measurable level of location accuracy for emergency calls made indoors, enabling first responders to locate emergency calls from wireless phones from all locations rapidly and efficiently.

To that end the coalition is filing a petition this week with the FCC to urge the commission to adopt indoor accuracy requirements. The coalition lead is Jamie Barnett, former chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Barnett is a partner with Venable LLP, a law firm that represents TruePosition, a provider of indoor locating technology. Further, Barnett revealed TruePosition provided funding to start the Find Me 911 Coalition. The coalition also has a letter writing campaign underway for citizens to contact their Congresspeople.

Reps from the CTIA and others says carriers are doing just fine depsite press releases from the coalition raising issues about locating failures in North Carolina and Oregon.

- GovTech

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/11 at 05:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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