ATIS Releases Standard Advancing Location Accuracy Improvements for Emergency Calls

WASHINGTON — Nov. 3, 2016 — ATIS today announced the release of a new standard, entitled Location Accuracy Improvements for Emergency Calls (ATIS-0700028 v1.1), which defines the architecture and requirements for build out of the 9-1-1 National Emergency Address Database (NEAD), as well as how information in the database is processed. NEAD will store information related to the location of Wi-Fi access points and Bluetooth beacons in an effort to provide dispatchable location information to public safety officials.

“With the proliferation of wireless mobile devices that are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, it is imperative that these devices have the ability to tap into those resources to augment existing methods that allow an emergency caller’s location to be known,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “This new standard marks yet another of our many contributions toward enhancing the effectiveness of wireless emergency 9-1-1 services and supporting public safety officials.”

This ATIS standard was developed in response to a voluntary agreement for improving location accuracy for emergency calls developed and signed by APCO, NENA, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. The agreement includes a roadmap for technology changes that was submitted to the FCC in response to an FCC initiative (proceeding 07-114) to provide a number of improvements to emergency location capabilities. The new ATIS Standard specifically supports the goals stated in the roadmap.

Access the new standard in the ATIS Document Center, your leading resource for technical operations standards for the global ICT industry that are produced by ATIS Committees and Forums.  Visit: www.atis.org/docstore/product.aspx?id=28273.

“Not only is ATIS delivering solutions for how carriers can work together to potentially reduce costs, but our latest report also shows how strong service level agreements between the neutral host and hosted operator client networks will help ensure high-quality and better-managed public connectivity in public settings,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller.

Neutral Host Solutions for Multi-Operator Wireless Coverage in Managed Spaces is available at no charge in the ATIS White Paper Center, a leading collection of resources for ICT industry solutions, innovation and issues analysis.

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About ATIS

As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s most critical business priorities. ATIS’ 150 member companies are currently working to address 5G, the all-IP transition, network functions virtualization, big data analytics, cloud services, device solutions, emergency services, M2M, cyber security, network evolution, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle – from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and interoperability testing.

ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit www.atis.org.

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