|TeleCommunication Systems Supports Voluntary Consensus Wireless 9-1-1 Location Accuracy Plan|
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 18, 2014 – TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure wireless communication technology, today announced that it supports the newly finalized voluntary consensus plan for providing heightened wireless 9-1-1 indoor and outdoor location accuracy, presented to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 14, 2014 by AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
The plan advances wireless 9-1-1 location accuracy, including the use of newer technologies for giving a ‘dispatchable location’ to first responders. A dispatchable location adds details such as floor, suite, or apartment to the civic address of the calling party, helping to enable a quick, direct response by first responders.
Data from the millions of wireless 9-1-1 calls that TCS processes indicate that more wireless 9-1-1 calls are coming from indoor locations, so TCS supports the FCC’s attention to this growing need and opportunity to apply new technology. TCS provides location-based routing and enhanced location delivery for about half of all wireless 9-1-1 calls in the United States. Approximately 40% of the general population now use only wireless phones for their voice communication, and about 70% of all 9-1-1 calls come from wireless phones.
The voluntary consensus plan goes beyond the FCC suggestions because it explicitly includes the option to provide the dispatchable location of a wireless 9-1-1 caller. Under the consensus plan, wireless operators will be able to choose from a broad array of technologies that can provide an enhanced X/Y/Z location or generate a dispatchable location from deployed devices that leverage numerous indoor location techniques. TCS has invested aggressively in location technology for nearly two decades, and has recently publicly reported on steps taken to address the growing need for an indoor location solution for 9-1-1. The voluntary consensus plan creates the opportunity to accelerate our efforts to build upon proofs of concept already demonstrated to stakeholders in the public safety ecosystem.
TCS Senior Vice President, Tim Lorello, said: “The trend toward using wireless to dial 9-1-1 drives a need for advancements in indoor location accuracy. Since current GPS solutions are not fully capable of pinpointing an enhanced indoor location, especially in multi-level, multi-tenant buildings, it is vital that solutions for dispatchable location be deployed across the nation. Providing a dispatchable location of a 9-1-1 caller has long been viewed as the ultimate request from public safety. Together with the wireless carriers, APCO and NENA, TCS is in full support of the latest consensus plan which drives this bold initiative to provide a dispatchable location to first responders, helping them quickly and efficiently locate callers.”
Since deploying the first U.S. wireless E9-1-1 solution in 1998, TCS has been leading public safety solutions for wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1), NG9-1-1 and E1-1-2. TCS supports about half of all U.S. wireless E9-1-1 calls, serving more than 140 million wireless and IP-enabled devices. TCS is leading the enablement of text-to 9-1-1, and TCS also leads the nation in emergency services IP network (ESInet) deployments. TCS is the only non-carrier TL 9000-certified company that supports E9-1-1 services. Its E9-1-1 and NG9-1-1 solutions ensure that a subscriber’s emergency call is routed to the appropriate PSAP and automatically pinpoints the caller’s location information.
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